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May 10, 2008

Glass Blowing

I took a glass blowing class about a month ago and thought I'd post some of my finished products. There are a few places in the bay area that offer glass classes, typically for lampworking and typically for around $400 for a weekend workshop -- pricey! I really wanted to try out glassblowing (think glory hole and big vat of molten glass) over flame working (think little blow torch and rods of glass), and I finally found a dude in Santa Cruz that offered to teach me out of his rented garage. Hooray for hippie art dudes on Craigslist! So we set up a time to do it, I paid him some money, and he taught me the basics of glassblowing while helping me make some paper weights, some pumpkins, and a drinking glass. I'd love to continue doing this, but it's a pretty expensive hobby, requires a lot of equipment or studio rental and you really need a partner to work with. Until I figure out those details, I'll just have a much greater appreciation for glass work.





8 comments:

Bill said...

Very cool. How did you keep your whole artistic side hidden from me the whole time you were here?

Also, I haven't forgotten about you and I'm not ignoring you. I'll take pictures of the house and post them when things are done.

Parisa said...

Ummm.. clearly you've forgotten my awesome white board drawing of the Yat Shack Christmas party? If you are bored, here is some more crap: http://asirap.net/art/

And yes, I'm still waiting on your pictures!

Bill said...

Yeah, I've actually seen all of that but while you were here I had no idea. It wasn't until after you left that I started reading your blog. I think you kept it a secret from me so you could complain about me and I'd never know and then after we were comfortably separated by the Continental Divide, you exposed me to the gateway to your soul that is this blog. Of course, the gateway only opens about once a month to allow the world a peek in.

Parisa said...

Yeah, but even once the gateway opens, it's a pretty boring view :)

Queen of the Bongo said...

nooo! you rock! very cool that you took glass blowing classes :-) we need to start a new website altogether www.parisart.com

L.

fang said...

very pretty! I like the pink pumpkin best! :) it's almost like jade.
I missed a couple of times going glass blowing to a glass products museum near here..thought it's not gonna be interesting...now I must go and try myself since it looks a lot of fun:)

Parisa said...

Fang, you should definitely try it. I found it to be super hard, but a great experience and it's also fun just watching masters (or anyone) do it.

Queen of the Bongo said...

Those pics should go on the "As I Create" page too.