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Glassblowing Workshop

This past Saturday, I went to the introductory glassblowing workshop that I’d signed up for last month! It was a very interesting experience, not really what I had expected, but definitely worth it! Mainly during the workshop, we just practiced basic glassblowing techniques, and just made random baubles, nothing really of substance. I’d love to sign up for the actual beginning glass blowing class now, and keep practicing and try to do something actually of substance, but I don’t know if I’ll have enough time for that this quarter. (gosh, so many things that I would love to try, but I don’t know when/if I’ll be able to get around to them.)

I woke up late, since the post-Fusion celebration was the night before, but I made it to the class on time! There were around 7 students, who strangely were all older white male students. The instructor, Clay Logan, was so awesome! He knows a lot about glassblowing, is really passionate about his craft, and is really helpful with teaching. Sometimes he gets caught up in talking to the students about glassblowing and things, so the person who’s actually working doesn’t always get his full attention. Anyways, I think that he tries his best, and is excellent at doing demos. He teaches all of the workshops and the Intermediate level for glassblowing classes.

At the beginning of class, he did a demo on making a simple glass cup. Seeing the form slowly emerge from just a lump of molten glass is simply amazing. Just by watching him, the whole process seems so facile.

Well, our first project was a practice on marking the necklines, and our second project was on actually using the pipe to blow a bubble shape.  I haven’t picked up the pieces after annealing yet, so I’ll leave it to your imagination for the pictures. (haha, don’t be too disappointed when I actually edit with photos later;;)

To keep the form centered on the pipe/stick, you sort of have to figure out how fast to turn it, how to hold it, when to reheat. I found it a bit difficult, but it was fun like a challenge to see how close you can come, how well you can do. I think the only part that I really disliked about the process was the heat in having to get the material out of the furnace. I’m not sure if I was handling it right, but it’s really hot! I sort of burnt my hand, maybe because it was too close to the heat coming off of the furnace. The skin on the side of my hand turned red and sensitive, and it really hurt! Now, it’s back to normal, so I don’t know what that was.

Clay showed us some of his other works later on into the class, and it was just so amazing to think that this person right here, made this thing, right here in my hands. One piece was a glass cup, swirled with transparent red, orange, and yellow. Another piece was a swirled goblet, with different colorings for the cup, stem, and base. I loved the swirling texture on both. There’s also a whole science behind interface of color mixing, which sounds really interesting to figure out how it works. Wish that I had taken pictures of his stuff.

Anyways, overall, the workshop was definitely a good experience, and I’d definitely recommend other people to try it out!

P.S. HEY, check out KunFusion’s performance at Fusion XI!  😀

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