Saturday, October 27, 2012

Hot Glass Workshop

lauren at 'the crucible' picking up new glass,
the 'glory hole' to the left where working glass is re-heated
rolling hot glass in frit to add color
using a mold to create the ridges on an ornament
flashing the piece to bring out a metallic sheen
placing the hook on a finished ornament

Today was the day!

I traveled down to the Googleworks to take my hot glass workshop.
I was the only one who signed up for the tumbler class 
so they asked me to join the Holiday Ornament class, 
assuring that I would be able to make my tumbler.

I arrived very early and was able to watch a local artist as she worked.
The process is amazing, the fluid glass is both tough and gooey...very alive.
The working process is I love a hot kiln!

I watched as the six other students made their pieces and then 
the teacher, Scott Krenitsky, helped me to make a small tumbler.
His relaxed manner and easy command of the material 
made it seem much less intimidating.

I won't pick up my piece until next week, it's annealing (cooling down) as we speak.
It was a wonderful experience, too bad I'm struggling with another nasty cold.
So it's off to bed for me.

1 comment:

  1. Looks like fun--good for you to try something new!