Well, my sphere didn't work out. I shook the pipe a bit too much when I pulled the sphere out of the crucible, and tapped it against the edge of the equipment. SMASH!!! My sphere was in pieces on the floor of the studio.
I was also having a lot of trouble getting my lips into the right shape for glassblowing. I would blow air around the end of the pipe instead of through it to the molten glass. The class was nearly over before I got it under control, and in the meantime my weak little lungs couldn't produce enough air. It was so embarrassing.
I wasn't the only one breaking stuff, though. Jeannie broke a bowl when the guy blowing her pipe was too forceful. The same guy broke his bowl, too. I was the only one who managed to finish one, but given that everyone else had spheres and I didn't, I guess it evened out.
Esteban says that sometimes, you just have off nights, and all you can do is work through it.
On the plus side, I got the items I made last week back. My two flowers look slightly better than my first batch - that means I'm improving, right?
My clear paperweight didn't make it through the cooling process - apparently it shattered into pieces. (That's actually not much of a surprise; it was dropped at one point.) As a consolation prize, the Esteban and Jon decided to give me the demo paperweight as a consolation prize.
Can you guess which paperweight is mine and which one is the demo?
Hint: the one with the nice, even swirls? Not mine.
My color combination didn't quite have the springtime watermelon effect I hoped for, but at least the instructor one looks nice and evenly distributed!