July 17th, 2013

piranha - study hard.

Second session of Glassblowing 1A

So the results of my first Glassblowing 1A class were three hideous little flowers. They're like misshapen demon blossoms, malformed and repugnant.

Frankenstein Flowers

Oh well, I'm still learning. Today's session started with making more of these flowers. I don't know what on earth I'm going to do with all of them - since they're made of plain clear glass, they aren't all that pretty. They don't look sufficiently enough like flowers for me to proudly give them away. But I can't bring myself to throw them away either, so I guess I'll just continue to amass an odd assortment of glass...things.

So after each student made two more flowers, we moved on to paperweights. Although Jeannie and I made glass paperweights before, it's been a couple of years and I didn't remember the techniques at all. I was excited that we were finally allowed to work with color, but the choices available weren't terribly exciting. I finally picked a greenish yellow and a pink, aiming for a springtime watermelon color combination. Who knows how it'll turn out, though - glass is so tricky and the color you see isn't necessarily what it will look like after the glass has been heated.

The hardest thing to remember is that you must always, always, ALWAYS keep your punty/pipe turning at an even pace. My movement was jerky, and as a result my glass pieces always end up lopsided and crooked. Esteban suggests practicing, and I always intend to do so when I'm at work since there's not much else to do, but then it slips my mind.

Next week we'll be working on actually glass-blowing. That should be a lot of fun!  I think Esteban said we'll be making glass ornaments and bowls.