Thought I'd update you on how my glassblowing classes went. They were really fun but truthfully the heat was hard to get used to. I think with more regular exposure I'd eventually get used to it. Although it's never something I'd want to do in the summer... so I'm probably not ever going to turn into a full fledged glassblower.
Here are pictures of four paperweights I made (2 clear and 2 blue).
And here is the first glass I made.
I have a few more items that I made which are still at the studio and unfortunately some of what I made was lost in the shuffle of so many people moving and removing pieces from the annealer (which is like a kiln where you leave the hot glass to cool slowly so it doesn't shatter).
I'm really happy I tried it, thanks for the great birthday gift hubby!