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Brooklyn Glass

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.

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The class began with the instructor demonstrating how to make a glass icicle.

Brooklyn Glass - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

He made it look relatively easy, so I figured we’d be fine.

Brooklyn Glass - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

I went first, and the instructor walked me through each step.

Brooklyn Glass - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

Including how to spin the glass so I’d end up with blue swirls inside smooth clear glass.

Brooklyn Glass - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

Brooklyn Glass - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

I started off strong, and then I don’t know what happened… my icicle only ended up with a few swirls!

Brooklyn Glass - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

Greg went next and was (annoyingly!) great!

Brooklyn Glass - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

Brooklyn Glass - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

His icicle ended up with beautiful swirls!

Greg: 1

Ashley: 0

Brooklyn Glass - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

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…

Greg: 1

Ashley: 1

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I chose coral and navy.

Brooklyn Glass - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

Brooklyn Glass - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

And then, as the glass cooled, I pulled it into a flower shape.

Brooklyn Glass - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

Greg was up next, choosing purple and green for his colors.

Brooklyn Glass - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

Brooklyn Glass - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

Brooklyn Glass - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

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.

Brooklyn Glass - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

His colors coordinated better, but I like how my flower is shaped, so one point for each of us!

Greg: 2

Ashley: 2

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?

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For the noses on our glass snowmen, of course!

We began by shaping our glass into three spheres to form the body.

Brooklyn Glass - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

Great curves, Greg!

Brooklyn Glass - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

And then came Greg’s favorite part…

Brooklyn Glass - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

He melted the orange glass onto his snowman’s body, creating the nose. Then he melted two eyes, completing the look.

Brooklyn Glass - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

His turned out pretty well, but I was next and was determined to beat him!

Brooklyn Glass - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

I shaped my snowman.

Brooklyn Glass - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

Then clumsily added the nose and eyes.

Brooklyn Glass - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

Then I transferred it to the glass base.

Brooklyn Glass - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

And tried to look cute (because looking cute is worth at least two points)!

Greg: 2

Ashley: 4

Brooklyn Glass - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

When the glass cooled I saw our final result. My “snowman” is on the left, while Greg’s is on the right…

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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.

Brooklyn Glass - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

We also got to tour the rest of the studio, where they also work with neon.

Brooklyn Glass - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

Brooklyn Glass - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

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.”

Brooklyn Glass - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

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.

~A

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