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12 October 2009 @ 04:50 pm
gloryhole: hot  

jojotbird took this awesome picture of me at the gloryhole yesterday during our six hour glassblowing workshop. Click through to see more. The theme was pumpkins, so we were making pumpkins and gourds, both solid and blown.

Six hours was a long time, but our instructor, Keith, kept things moving, and there were three of us in the class, which meant that we took turns making things, so we all got a little down time between pieces. By the end of the day, we'd each made 5 or 6 items, which I can hardly wait to pick up tomorrow! I actually don't remember the colors and shapes I ended up making, so it'll be a fun surprise, I think. I hope :)

I wasn't at all nervous going into the workshop, but as we walked through what we'd be doing, I got more and more nervous. That glass is hot! And, of course, I kept imagining how horribly wrong it could all go. After the first run through, though, it became clear that though things could go horribly wrong, the most likely versions of disaster would simply mean screwing up the piece I'm working on, and that's a kind of fuckup I can live with.

Our instructor did a good job of letting us do enough that we really were making the objects, but stepping in enough to make sure that the objects were, you know, recognizable as what they were. Pretty great, really.

I think I'm gonna go back.
I'm feeling: accomplishedaccomplished
veek on October 13th, 2009 12:04 am (UTC)
That all sounds marvelous! Did you keep the pieces you made?

(P.S. Dance Complex is FANTASTIC. omg.)
ruthless compassion: martini handsaroraborealis on October 13th, 2009 01:17 am (UTC)
We do get to keep the pieces, but we didn't get to take them with us, because they had to sit in a hot hot oven and then cool very slowly. So I will pick them up after work some day this week.

I'm so glad about the Dance Complex! Yay!
גילנהgilana on October 13th, 2009 12:16 am (UTC)
Where did you go? I got to make a paperweight at a place in Newport, and I'd love to try doing more glasswork!
ruthless compassion: martini handsaroraborealis on October 13th, 2009 12:41 am (UTC)
Stephghislaine on October 13th, 2009 12:30 am (UTC)
That looks like so much fun! I'm impressed!
Mark Donnellymeadmaker on October 13th, 2009 02:15 am (UTC)
I'm impressed!

I'm also a bit jealous. If you go back there, I'm interested in joining you. If you post looking for company the next time, I may try to join you!
wild, predictable abandoncontessagrrl on October 13th, 2009 02:46 am (UTC)

Medyanimedyani on October 13th, 2009 01:08 pm (UTC)
This sounds awesome!
funner'n a sack a weaselsmoominmolly on October 13th, 2009 02:16 pm (UTC)
YAY! That's great!
cheveux sable with earworm rampant: milkshakeslcohen on October 13th, 2009 02:36 pm (UTC)
when i went to the renaissance faire thingie this past summer, my absolute favorite thing was the glass-blowing demo--it did look like a lot of fun--it's great to hear that it really is! and perfect for a cool fall day--in the heat of july, those glass ovens looked a lot less enticing.
drwexdrwex on October 13th, 2009 04:14 pm (UTC)
Sounds like a great class
Glad you had a good time!