My team participates in team outings a few times a year. It’s a time to have fun, have a drink a two and get to you know your coworkers outside of a work setting to bond as a team. Our latest excursion we attended a glass blowing class at Luke Adams Glass Blowing Studio.
The studio. Between this sign and their website; 1hotpieceofglass, the owners clearly have a good sense of humor.
In the center of the wall, is the main furnace where we would stick in our blowpipe while constantly turning it picking up molten glass. On either side of the furnace, are the glory holes, smaller furnaces to re-heat your glass while working and shaping it.
In between the furnace and glory holes, there is a table that you can use to help shape the glass as well as trays of color. Small pieces of colored glass, you roll your molten glass in to pick up color.
We also used molds to help shape our glass pieces depending on what we were making.
Each station also consisted of a bench and tools. The person sitting on the bench is the person who is shaping the glass as it is being blown. The blower (out of picture) is to the left blowing into the blowpipe causing the glass globe to expand. The person to the right is holding a wood panel, creating a barrier between the hot glass and the hand of the person shaping the glass.
Each step of the way we had a teacher explaining and assisting everything we needed to do. The main furnace is around 2,000° F a misstep in any area would most certainly cause injury.
Here I am assisting Molly shape her glass. Our class instructor was great and we had a blast as a team. We each were able to make our own ornament or pumpkin paper weight.
(Picture taken by Mary)
At first, it’s a bit intimidating. Learning about tools you’ve never worked with and very hot molten glass. But the instructors help and explain everything making it easy and fun to do. I would absolutely sign up for a class again, it would make a great date night.
Here is my final product; a glass ornament.
It’s a little bigger than your average Christmas tree ornament.
I chose purple and teal as my colors. I also have it hanging in my kitchen window to catch the sunlight. It’s too pretty to only showcase during the holidays, so it will remain in my window. Very happy with how it came out.