Jeannie and I went to a glass-blowing class at the Bay Area Glass Institute, and were lucky enough to have a tiny class of only three people. Talk about personalized attention! We had a lot of fun talking with the instructor, a cheerful artist named Ryan as he demoed how to make a glass flower and a heavy paperweight. To be honest, Ryan did most of the work. For safety, he didn't let us newbies near the furnace - he did all the actual heating of the glass. We picked the colors we wanted and cut and shaped the molten glass, though. That counts for something...right?
When the glass is molten, it's so beautiful. It glows with a florescent orange intensity that I wish could be permanently captured. Then as it cools, it becomes clear and you can start to see the colors - although the true colors won't be visible until the glass has fully cooled in a few days.
We didn't do any actual glassblowing, at least not the kind where you put a tube with glass at the far end to your lips and blow. That would be super neat, but I'm sure the liability would be through the roof for the glass company. Oh well. To be honest, I'm probably too chicken to do that right now, anyway. Every time a blob of hot glass came within two feet of me, I jumped back, and I was a little nervous as I worked on my projects.
Like a dummy, I completely forgot to bring a camera, so I don't have any pictures of us at work. But when I pick up the glass pieces in a couple of days, I'll be sure to post photos of our art.