Art at 2,000 Degrees

Earlier this summer, my family and I decided that we wanted to try something new. So, we signed up for a class and locked ourselves in a sweltering room for a day. We tried glass blowing!

First of all, we all showed up wearing flip flops and shorts, a big no-no when it comes to dealing with melted glass that’s about 2,000 degrees. However, after the instructor assured us that, “eh, it’ll be fine”, we headed into the studio to start working.

We picked out what kind of project we wanted to do, picked out what colors we wanted, and got right to work.
I was really surprised by how much work the instructor had us do on our projects. Of course, she helped make sure I didn’t completely ruin my piece, but I actually heated, shaped, and worked the glass, and blew the glass into shape at the end. 
I decided to make a bowl. So, after blowing into the tube to shape the glass into a sphere, I had to take a big breath in to create the indent in the bowl.
After we finished our bowls, we had to let them sit in a container for a few days that was around one thousand degrees, so they could cool down. We had to wait a few weeks, but we finally got our finished products, and I am so happy with how they turned out!
xx
Heidi

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