Tuesday, November 30, 2010

So much to catch you up on...

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.)


  1. that is amazing! Thank you for posting these pics.

  2. You did that on the first day? That is incredible! I would love to try glass-blowing. Your husband is a great guy to have got you those classes. :)

  3. Thanks for the comments! I can't wait to go again and see how the first pieces turned out. If you want to try glassblowing I recommend a workshop. It's a good way to get a little experience but with the benefit of the an instructor controlling the piece. I took four workshops over the past year and a half- it gave me a little taste of what it would actually be like to work with glass and each time I was able to try a few different parts of the process.

    : )

  4. Amazing that you tried and are learning. I'm always fascinated to watch. Just don't inhale!

  5. LOL- Jane!
    : )
    I am working very hard to remember to only breathe out!

  6. Hello, Meg!

    I sent you an email at . Can you please check it? Thanks so much. I look forward to chatting with you!



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