Glass blowing has been on my bucket list for ages! It’s something I’ve always wanted to try, and after being inspired by Netflix’s Best in Blow (a show featuring a glass-blowing competition), it was finally time to try it for myself.
I invited Greg along so we could have our own competition, and we booked a class at Brooklyn Glass.
The class began with the instructor demonstrating how to make a glass icicle.
He made it look relatively easy, so I figured we’d be fine.
I went first, and the instructor walked me through each step.
Including how to spin the glass so I’d end up with blue swirls inside smooth clear glass.
I started off strong, and then I don’t know what happened… my icicle only ended up with a few swirls!
Greg went next and was (annoyingly!) great!
His icicle ended up with beautiful swirls!
Next we made flowers out of glass. We chose our colors from the bowls of broken colored glass pieces… which perfectly coordinated with my shirt! That’s worth at least one point, I’d say…
I chose coral and navy.
And then, as the glass cooled, I pulled it into a flower shape.
Greg was up next, choosing purple and green for his colors.
All glass is orange when hot, but when our flowers cooled they revealed beautiful swirls of color. Greg’s is on the left, and mine is on the right.
His colors coordinated better, but I like how my flower is shaped, so one point for each of us!
For our final work of art, the instructor heated up orange glass and stretched it very thin. Can you guess how we would use it?
For the noses on our glass snowmen, of course!
We began by shaping our glass into three spheres to form the body.
Great curves, Greg!
And then came Greg’s favorite part…
He melted the orange glass onto his snowman’s body, creating the nose. Then he melted two eyes, completing the look.
His turned out pretty well, but I was next and was determined to beat him!
I shaped my snowman.
Then clumsily added the nose and eyes.
Then I transferred it to the glass base.
And tried to look cute (because looking cute is worth at least two points)!
When the glass cooled I saw our final result. My “snowman” is on the left, while Greg’s is on the right…
Ok fine, Greg, you win!
After we were done with our art, the instructors demonstrated other glass tricks, and showed us how to make a glass-blown chalice.
We also got to tour the rest of the studio, where they also work with neon.
Despite my painful loss, I still had a lot of fun. As New Yorkers (and adults in general) I feel like we don’t do enough crafts with our hands, so it was fun feeling like a kid again and creating art with my own two hands. Or, should I say, “art.”
On a related note, if you’re interested in purchasing our glass “art,” feel free to make an offer. Just be sure to add a lot of zeros at the end!
To find out more information on Brooklyn Glass, and sign up for their classes, click here.