One thing about me is I like to check a place out before I truly commit. I did that with Leslie (of course it only took me minutes to decide she was amazing), I did that with Aquila, and I did that with Live, Love, Laugh glass. Live, Love, Laugh glass is a mixed studio and they teach fused glass, glass blowing, welding, ceramics, and painting. The fusing is basic as is the ceramics and painting. But what I really liked was the glass blowing. The first time I went I was able to watch through a viewing room into the glass blowing area and I must say I was very impressed. A large, nicely arranged, and equipped glass blowing area. I couldn’t hear but the instructor seemed very patient and really let the “students” participate as much as possible. It was mesmerizing to watch. Needless to say I was so happy I had booked a session for myself and wished I would have booked two!
The store was also very nice, they had some amazing blown glass pieces including flowers, dishes, balls, garden art, hummingbirds, pumpkins, etc. I bought a flower for my daughter and a little plane for my pilot husband.
Obviously this was not the first time I’ve watch glass blowing albeit when I watched glass blowing in the Germany, specifically the Black Forest, there seemed to be a lot more blowing. But then again it was a big vase – maybe that’s the reason. Either way I love to watch experts blow glass and getting to participate is a dream come true.
So when I went back for my class, I was lucky enough to take Kate with me. What fun we had! There were 5 of us in the class and Steven was the instructor. He was so patient and really knew what he was doing. Three of the ladies made these adorable pumpkins, Kate made a round ball sun-catcher, and I made a round garden gazing ball. BTW I will NOT be putting it outside it is way to beautiful! I’ll be putting it in a pot or vase so I can’t look at it inside! Anyway, I chose a red, blue, and purple combination (to represent my husband, daughter, and me).
Kate and I got to watch the 3 other ladies make their pumpkins, they were just so cute! Then it was my turn! Steven just walks you through each step, focused on safety but still a lot of involvement and again very patient. We got to roll it in the frit, warm it in the glory hole, shape it from the bench, blow into it through a tube (cleaned between participants), twist parts of the glass with tweezers (long stainless steel ones), and then break it from the metal rod with a wood paddle!
After I had my fun Kate took a turn. Her sun
-catcher was similar to mine so she did basically the same except at the end he put a copper rod on mine and we twisted some petals on the base of hide a little of the copper rod and she got to add a curly Q on top so her sun-catcher would hang.
I must admit, it was a blast and if I ever go back to Portland I would so go back and do it again. So so so much fun! And of course what made it even more fun was doing it with Kate!
What a great way to end my glass week!
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