G is for Glassmaking

I got a Groupon for an Introduction to Glassmaking class at Circle 6 Studios.  I love all different kinds of arts and crafts, and I thought I would enjoy this.  I was so right.

It was a small class, maybe 15 of us, and the men introduced us to the equipment in the studio and basic safety precautions.  We got to pull the molten glass from the oven, then add cut up colored glass, then reheat to blend, and then shape with some wicked looking pliers.  In 2 hours, I made a paperweight and a glass flower.

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I don’t have a bucket list per se, but I do like to do anything interesting that comes along, and I’m trying to make sure I get out and do more things, just to try them.  When I worked in Hospice, the most important thing I learned was that when people were dying, they never said, “I wish I hadn’t done that.”  Regrets usually took on the form of “I wish I had…”  I don’t want to wish I’d done something; I just want to do it.  If I ever regret the road I’ve traveled, then at least I can say I gave it a try.

All that philosophy for some glassmaking?  Well, this wouldn’t be a very interesting blog if I said “It was fun.  I liked it.  You should try it.”  Though all that’s true too.

What’s on your bucket list?

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3 comments on “G is for Glassmaking

  1. Cindy Dwyer says:

    You made those items in the picture as a beginner? They are beautiful. I’m glad you are enjoying the class. You are so right that people regret more all the things they didn’t do, not the things they shouldn’t have done.

  2. Cheryl Carles says:

    My daughter Gabrielle made a Christmas ornament at the glassblowing demonstration at the Christkindel Mart in Bethlehem Pa a couple of years ago. She really liked doing it as well.

  3. Joe Owens says:

    I always enjoy watching glassblowers as they work. We have a craft festival each year in my town and at a local theme park, Dollywood in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee they do this all season, so i get plenty of chances to watch, but none to try it. Good for you!

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