Glass blowing and glory holes

No kidding.

They call the ovens they use to reheat the glass a GLORY HOLE.

I shit you not.

So I took ANOTHER glass blowing class (you can see pics from my first glass blowing class here and a picture of the finished product here) with my friend Kimberly.

As with the first time I took the class, I had a great time.

It was fucking hot, though.

But not as hot as last time because instead of being in a closed building, were were in a shop with garage doors that opened to the outside air and it was nice and cool outside.

My instructor walked me through all the steps, basically holding my hand in the right position so that everything turned out okay.

Here are some photos from my glass blowing experience:

And the finished product. . .

Hot, hot, hot!

The thing about glass blowing is that it’s REALLY hot.  Of course, all of us know this going into it but when you’re actually there, experiencing the heat, it’s like nothing you’ve felt before…. kinda like how you imagine walking on the sun would feel.

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The next think you need to know about glass blowing is that it’s very sweaty.  Rivers of sweat were running down my face and back.  I was a hot mess.  LITERALLY.

So I arrived at my glass glowing class to discover Ryan, my huge, hairy, hunky teacher there.  Boy did I have fun learning from him.  He demonstrated the process one time and then took each of the students one by one and helped us make a bowl.

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 The process is a little like this:
  • Blow a glass bubble through a wand
  • Add color
  • Blow a bigger glass bubble
  • Add even more color
  • Blow an even bigger glass bubble
  • Pinch the neck of the bubble
  • Add a base to the bubble
  • Flatten the base
  • Transfer the bubble/base to another wand
  • Heat the bubble
  • Open up the bubble to make a bowl
  • Heat the bowl
  • Swing it around to make swirly edges
  • Knock the wand off it, heat the base and stamp it
  • Let it cool
That was basically the process which took about 15 minutes to complete.
And here are the photos from my glass blowing experience.  Hope you enjoy!
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