As part of a morale event for work, our group went to the Seattle Glassblowing Studio to learn how to make hand-blown glass.
I’d seen glassblowing done before in Venice and in Ireland (although in Ireland it was actually crystal, not glass, but similar principles applied). It was nice to actually get some hands on experience and create my own piece, with my own choice of color (purplish) and design. There were about 40 of us in attendance, and we each got to blow our own bowls (sounds kind of funny). Afterwards, at the end of class, the master craftsmen created a giant plate and bowl combo for the group.
Overall, not a bad day at work 🙂
Here’s an interesting tidbit about glass blowing in Seattle courtesy of wikipedia:
Glass blowing began in the Roman Empire, and Italy has refined the techniques of glass blowing ever since. Until the very recent explosion of glass shops in Seattle (USA), there were more on the Island of Murano (Italy) than anywhere else in world.