Last weekend I finally got to do one of those things I’ve been wanting to do for as long as I can remember… work with hot glass.
My best friend Erica and our friend Donna and I signed up for a hot glass class through our local community college. Since we don’t have a local hot glass lab or studio, the class was offered in Ottawa, IL, about an hour away.
The class was taught by Laura Johnson, owner of Starved Rock Hot Glass. The class was a fast paced, crash course in making our very own glass paper weights.
The working hot glass is thousands of degrees (2100°F, if I remember correctly). Laura demonstrated with confidence and experience, helping us along so we didn’t have to worry about being burned or destroying anything along the way.
I brought goggles, but Laura explained that because the glass is so hot and bright it might just be easier to wear sunglasses if we have them. This picture cracks me up though, like I think I’m some rockstar diva working the hot glass.
The whole process moves SOO fast because the glass has to stay hot, and we really only got to implement a couple of techniques each. I’d love to have more free reign and time to work, like when taking classes in college.
We all enjoyed the class so much we already plan on taking the next class which includes glass blowing, Fun!
Above, Square pictures with the border are by Donna, and rectangular ones are by me.
One last thing I wanted to add. Because the class was in Ottawa we had a fun day of exploring which included some shopping/thrifting, dining and then shoe tree throwing. Erica and I are big fans of Roadside America and she even has an app on her smart phone to locate fun stops. We knew we were going to hit up this tree on the way down there so I brought a pair of cheap tennis shoes. I covered one shoe in stripes and the other shoe we signed our names to and then threw the pair up into the tree. You can see them in the top left corner.