Take a glassblowing class

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Marcy at glassblowing oven

“If you treat glass right, it doesn’t crack. If you know the properties, you can make things; the color of dusk and night and love. But you can’t control people like that and I really, really wish you could. I want the world to be glass.”
Cath Crowley, Graffiti Moon

I’ve always wanted to try glassblowing, and I got the chance during a recent day in Newport, RI., where an instructor helped me make a hand blown glass Christmas ornament.

First we approached the oven of molten glass heated to 2,000 degrees. I lingered near the cozy heat for a few extra moments as the instructor put a blob of molten glass onto the end of a glassblowing pipe. He showed me how to spin it and shape it.

Twirling glass blob

1 Colored glass pieces collage

For my Christmas ornament, I chose the colors blue, red, and white. I twirled the molten blob into the colored pieces of glass.

2 Glassblowing lesson collage

The paparazzi were in place. My son David was with me taking photos, while my son Daniel and husband Randy were taking photos through a window.

Daniel and Randy watching glassblowing lesson

I blew air into the tube and watched the blob of glass expand. The instructor and I shaped it into a ball. We repeated these steps a few times until it was the right size and shape.

5 Marcy glassblowing collage

We sealed my breath in the ornament forever.

glassblowing lesson
“Don’t touch the pipe!”

The instructor added a top to it. David took this cool video (11 seconds) showing the instructor shaping molten glass.

 (Video link)

Handblown glass Christmas ornament

The instructor placed my ornament into a heated kiln where it could cool slowly for two days. I received my ornament in the mail about a week later.

Handblown glass Christmas ornament

Thanks to a long-standing family tradition of procrastinating in taking down our Christmas tree, I was able to take a photo of my ornament with Christmas lights in the background.

101 things in 1001 days Take a glassblowing class

Glassblowing strip

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About Marcy

I blog about trying to get out of my comfort zone, completing 101 things in 1001 days (and beyond), and writing my memoirs. My book: Timid No More.
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18 Responses to Take a glassblowing class

  1. Loved your post! Especially the fact the paparazzi were there! Where do you get all these great ideas?
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  2. Vanessa D. says:

    I think it is so cool that you got to try blowing glass!
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  3. Kei says:

    Your ornament turned out so awesome! Glass blowing is something I’d like to try, too. I remember seeing it done at a glass factory when I was a kid and thinking how cool it was (and then I went wild in their factory shop, and spent all my holiday money on handmade glass marbles!)

  4. Lauren says:

    That looks like so much fun! It always looks so intimidating but really fun 🙂

  5. Skye says:

    That is so fascinating, thanks for the peek! Great to do in the winter too, when it’s cold out. 🙂
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  7. Leigh Ann says:

    What a cool experience! I would love to check out a glass blowing class in my area.
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  8. This is so cool! I’ve always wanted to try glass blowing. Love the ornament 🙂
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