I’ve always known that hot glass and I were meant to be. I’ve been a pyro for as long as I could remember. I was always the one who could get the fire going the fastest, who’s coals burned hotter and longer.
I guess it helps that I’m a Leo. A fire sign for sure.
Anyway, this amazing place called The Glass Academy In Dearborn, held a “sample” class today. We each got to blow a bubble on a blow pipe (one lung here did better than expected on that one). And we got to make a paper weight that I get to pick up next week. Controlling that amount of hot glass is incredible. I would encourage every lampworker to take a blowing sample class. I really got a feel for how boro works when it’s amazingly hot. I was amazed at how stiff it was even at over 1200 degrees. I did love plunging in the pliers and twisting and creating the core. And since Karen and I were both experienced with warm glass they really let us handle the pipes more than the other people. For example, the instructor would take the punty from them to reheat the gather. He would let Karen and I do it ourselves. It really was a fabulous experience and I’m so glad I took the opportunity. I almost passed it up.
Sometimes the Gods spam you for a reason.
Some quick photo’s then off to sleepy.
Thanks again to everyone at Glass Academy for making my day memorable. You’ll probably see me again.