BOZEMAN, Mont. -

The Sweet Pea Festival a week away and NBC Montana has been digging into all aspects of the festival.

We went behind the scenes of a local glass artist who is getting ready to showcase his work at Sweet Pea.

Richard Parrish has an art studio just off Huffine Lane in Bozeman. When we walked though his studio, Parrish was in the middle of making a new piece  for the Sweet Pea Festival.

"I'm really looking forward to it. I'm looking forward to seeing a lot of people I know," said Parish.

Parrish told NBC Montana his tapestry work starts with just strands of glass in all colors.

"I arrange these into the pattern  -- 16'' inch square plate that I'll have at sweet pea," said Parish.

Parish told us the strands of colors are selected, molded together and fused in the kiln.

We watched along side Parrish as he cut the glass, arranging it into his design before putting it back in the kiln again.

"The fired piece is put on a porcelain plate and then heated until it melts or bends into the shape I want it to be," he said.

Parish says he will have a variety of new pieces and wall art.

"I will have a wide range of pieces mostly in the tapestry style. I'll have small plates to large plates and large bowls. I'll have some wall pieces," said Parrish.

NBC Montana will be out at  the Sweet Pea Festival on Friday August 2nd.