Because of this month's mini blog hiatus I feel like I have tons crafty things to catch you up on.
I guess it's really not all that much since with everything going on I haven't been crafting much, but still I feel like after being away from the blog for a few weeks so much has happened.
Like the fact that I took my fist glassblowing class!!!
If you've been reading for a while you know that I've been flirting with glassblowing, taking some workshops when I can, but have really wanted to take some real classes. So as an early birthday gift hubby got me a few private lessons.
Day one seemed long, a little overwhelming, intimidating, tiring and hot (really hot) but I guess that's all to be expected. Afterwards though- I've been thinking both how fun it was, and that I can't wait to go back for class two!
First I watched as my teacher made a simple elegant paperweight. I had made one before in my first workshop so the steps seemed familiar. He also showed me two variations that were aimed towards using the most common tools in a few different ways.
Then it was my turn. I proceeded to make my way through three small paperweights, all in varying states of misshapen lumpiness.
The first was horrible, illustrating perfectly exactly how much of a hand the workshop instructors really take to be sure you end up with a presentable piece.
The second was going really well- until I tried to perfect a few problem areas. I can't be sure until I go back to see it cool- but I think I made it worse.
The third- using color this time was probably the best one.
Then I blew a sphere to practice starting a bubble.
And finally to end the day I made a drinking glass!
Which I still can't believe I was able to make. My teacher had a heavy hand in it, but I was still in control on a lot of the steps and I can't believe it turned out that well.
For the next few lessons I'll be practicing cups and other vessels. Each time having less help from the instructor until I can finally make the entire piece on my own.
I can't wait to see how everything turned out once it cooled. Keep your fingers crossed that nothing cracked or shattered!
(And thanks to hubby for taking all the great pictures.)