Welcome to the third installment of MAKE IT MONDAY! Luke and I were traveling this weekend to a wedding so we knew our Make it Monday would have to be something that didn’t absorb much time. We’re always looking to try something new and expand our creative outlet so when my sister suggested a glass blowing class we jumped at the chance!
WHAT WE MADE
Glass Blown Pumpkins (seasonal and festive for the week of the equinox)
HOW WE MADE IT
We signed up for a one hour glass blowing class at Luke Adams Glass Blowing Studio in Norwood, MA.
Brian, our teacher walked us through step by step the process of making our pumpkins. Let’s be real, Brian did a lot of the work and we were basically his assistants. I wouldn’t have had it any other way. This was a great introduction to glassblowing, extremely user friendly (a.k.a didn’t make me feel like an idiot), and fun! Here’s a basic outline of how it went down:
WHY WE MADE IT
Glass blowing — why not? Who doesn’t want to try something new once in a while? My father and sister had already taken a class and kept telling us how much we would enjoy it. Turns out they were right! Glass blowing—like metal work or woodworking—falls under that artisan skill umbrella that we are not that familiar with. It is not something that we have easy access to everyday. It has a timelessness that I think most people take for granted. You just drink from the wine glass—you don’t think about what went into making it.
WHAT WE LEARNED
There are a lot of moving parts that go into glass blowing. You can tell it takes hours and hours to really get a feel for it, and probably even longer to become an expert. I kept being reminded of ceramics—how the molding and shaping of clay becomes easier over time. But there is so much about glass blowing that remains a mystery! Since our class was only an hour we didn’t get the full history or all the details about the process and technique. Brian gave us just enough info about what we were doing to keep it interesting and keep us safe. It definitely piqued my curiosity and interest to find out more. I would recommend a class to anyone!
Did you join us for Make It Monday this week? Show us what you made! Anyone out there into glass blowing?