For the past two weeks I have been going to a glass blowing class through a partnership between MLWGS and the glass blowing studio. It has been very fun and we have learned a lot about glass blowing. So far we have made two ornaments and a paper weight. I have included a picture of the ornaments I made two weeks ago to the top right. It was a really fun experience and very different from how I had imagined. It was a weird experience constantly rolling the pipe so that the glass would maintain a proper shape. Rolling the molten glass in the colors was also weird because the glass felt so malleable, I guess that is the point, but it was hard for me to truly conceptualize how fluid the glass would be until I experienced it myself as glass in my mind has always been synonymous with a hard fragile thing, rather than what we were dealing with. I loved that the giant furnace pictured below is called a 'glory hole.' I think the name is hilarious, especially in the context of what glory holes typically refer to. I really liked the heat of the glory hole. I really like intense warmth for a short period of time(like hot showers) so I loved the part where we had to stand in front of the glory hole and turn the glass so that the colors could melt in and the shape to be cemented. Overall it was a really fun experience and I am excited to go again this friday and make some vessels!
I finished the piece and I am very happy with how it turned out. I was very apprehensive to finish it, which is why it took me so long to finish it, because I was nervous about painting the glass and having to color match the frame behind it and figure out how the glass would distort the image of what it behind it. Overall I am very happy with the glass. I turned out much better than expected and I think it looks pretty good, considering I forgot that this project was due until the day i was due, so I painting the wine glass in my first period class. I am still obsessed with the hand on the right, specifically the wrist and forearm. I just love the way I painted it and the colors I used to help give the allusion of depth. Overall I am very pleased with this piece :))
I am apprehensive about this piece. I really liked the composition and the original photo, but the drawing seems off; i don't really know how to describe it. But I think when i painted it i made the eyes too small or something like that. I think I am going to have to go in and change a bunch of the features and perhaps change the color scheme a bit because I think it might be too purple. Hopefully it will go well.