|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 mesmerizing...how 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.