This week, we went to a glass blowing workshop in Savannah. We’d been glass blowing a couple of times while we lived in the Dallas area. When our neighbor saw what we made they were interested, so I set it up.
We went to Hostess City Hot Glass, and found it to be an outstanding opportunity to practice working with glass. This was a hands-on, well explained and friendly environment, small but laid out effectively. All the actions taken in making our glass objects were explained and practiced, before you had to perform the tasks required. This gave us confidence, as well as understanding.
It was definitely not like some glass workshops, where you perform just a few tasks in the process and watch the rest. We were involved throughout and they were willing to take their time, give advice and background on what we were doing and why. Our group made glass ornaments and paperweights — basic but just what we were expecting. All of them turned out great.
You get to choose the colors that will be blended to make your object, then you blend the colors into the molten glass
fire and roll the glass,
shape it and eventually blow it to shape.
All under the direction and in some cases direct involvement of the glass artist. We were a group of 4 and had a great time. I’d definitely recommend this to anyone interested in the art of glass blowing.