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Friday, December 10, 2010

Glass Ornament

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were you one of those kids whose mom kept every single art project you ever produced in school? i wasn't. my best friend in high school, kevin, he was. his mom decorated their home for every season and holiday, and you can bet that there'd be some random kevin or his brother andrew creation on the end tables, or on the walls. it was quite endearing, as well as gag-inducing. me? grandma didn't hold much stock in such things and my stepmother would graciously accept them, but by the end of the day, they'd land in the trash. this is why she doesn't receive gifts from me, bought or handmade. BigK is now the recipient of most of my art projects. ain't she lucky? my most recent offering to her is a glass ornament. this will go along with the other ornament i've given her, a very very very ugly painted one that i gifted her years ago that still graces her tree. and this is why i keep her around, she's good for my self esteem.

on a recent jaunt to mcfadden art glass studio for a glass blowing workshop, i fumbled my way thru & created this piece. for the record, i did say rather inappropriate things, there might've been an expletive uttered when i created a massive hole in my ornament & yes, i giggled the entire 3 hours there. i'd do it all over again, only this time i'd make something else...

the staff was very friendly, patient and hands on. for more pix. special thanks to Jill Myers for snapping some of the shots, especially the ones of me goofing.

18 comments:

  1. Wow, completely gorgeous! I don't even want to think what would happen if someone let me around hot glass. I have a second-degree burn from an errant popcorn kernel that attacked me the other night. :/

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  2. Girl you need to visit Coradetti glass in Clipper Mill. They run similar workshops so you can get your art on.

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  3. That looks better than many of the ornaments I see in the stores! Bravo. Toured a glass-blowing factory in Louisville once. Very interesting. I always thought if it were me, I might accidentally suck in and inhale molten glass particles. Obviously that's not as big of a problem (or impossible) since you never hear about it... Ha.

    Cheers,

    *Heather*

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  4. So many innuendos...I don't know if my "that's what she said" sense of humor could handle it.

    You're a crafty lady, crafty lady.

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  5. Ooh. It's gorgeous. And what fun to make.

    I remember when I was in first grade, we made these clay necklace pendants. I made a heart for my mom and painted it gold. I thought it'd look so fancy, but the gold just looked like tan. Nonetheless my mom kept it for a long while until we moved and a bunch of things got lost in the transition. I'd be devastated if my mom tossed the things I made away.

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  6. My mom never kept my projects either. Then again, I made things like macaroni glued to a paper cone then spray painted gold.

    I, on the other hand, have kept all my son's stuff. It takes a lot of room. Now I'm wondering if some of it should be tossed.

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  7. maria, thank you! it was such a fun and safe class, we were all mindful students. i'm sorry about your popcorn burn tho!

    wendi, you know i worked across the street from that place for almost two years & never set foot in that studio. i will have to check out their workshop prices.

    squirrelbread, it's actually quite hard to blow the glass, you gotta have some crazy lungs! i somehow managed to avoid any blowing (omg, i'm snickering something fierce right now!) but did notice how some ppl got quite red in the face when they had to...

    ali, thank you and if you & i ever took a glass blowing class together, we'd get nothing done with all the jokes we'd crack!

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  8. chi WC, oh it's fun! when you visit again, we'll have to go & create something together!

    dp, i do wonder about the accumulation of kids' arts/crafts, especially if the household is big...

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  9. Its so cool that you actually did that! It just always seemed to me that people who blew glass were people who just somehow were born doing it. I'm going to have to add to my to do list now that it wasn't over at birth!

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  10. omawarisan, do it! i highly recommend it. it's fun, it's educational...make sure you go with friends and ask questions! i didn't ask enough & i could've had a completely diff. shaped ornament. next time...:)

    mei teng, thank you!

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  11. chi WC, oh it's fun! when you visit again, we'll have to go & create something together!

    dp, i do wonder about the accumulation of kids' arts/crafts, especially if the household is big...

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  12. So many innuendos...I don't know if my "that's what she said" sense of humor could handle it.

    You're a crafty lady, crafty lady.

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  13. Girl you need to visit Coradetti glass in Clipper Mill. They run similar workshops so you can get your art on.

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  14. Wow, completely gorgeous! I don't even want to think what would happen if someone let me around hot glass. I have a second-degree burn from an errant popcorn kernel that attacked me the other night. :/

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