A good friend and I have birthdays a week apart. She called and emailed me that this year we had to celebrate our birthdays at a glass blowing workshop. Usually we go out to lunch or dinner. Orwell Glass is at the Lake Champlain Maritime Museum in July and August she told me. So let's go the last week in August. Okay, I said. And on a sunny Monday off we went. What neither of us (or maybe just me) realized was that after a demonstration we would actually blow a bulb and stamp two sun catchers. Ourselves. My friend taught K-8th grade for 30 years so was much more comfortable with this do-it-yourself than I was. I told her she had to go first. And good friend that she is she did.
form the bulb. My friend got it in one try. I however took
three tries. First try I blew too hard and the bulb exploded.
Second try I blew too slowly but got it on the third try.
molten glass on the table. My friend, notice the design press
in her hand which she will press onto the glass blob.
friend's fish sun catcher with.
A youtube video of the Orwell Glass workshop.