The next few posts are likely to be photo heavy and words light. For my birthday we went to Blue Moon Studio in Kawagoe for a glass blowing lesson, it was an great day, the staff at Blue Moon were excellent, I was a bit worried about having a small boy + very hot kiln but there was no point in which I hd one of those mini panic attacks that parents often get when watching their kids do things. I can't show you the finished pieces, they take several days to cool down and then they ship them to you, so probably after Christmas I can show them off. Most of the pictures are of Ebi-kun doing his lesson, he is far more photogenic than I am!
|first you choose the style of pot and the colours you want to use|
|the glass is heated and rolled in the colour glass pieces|
|The glass is rolled on wet newspaper to help shape it|
|and of course the blowing - more difficult than it looks|
|Shaping the end|
|shaking the pole to extend the length of the glass|
|making the end flat|
|reheating the glass - it was so BLOODY hot!|
|Glass in the kiln|
|making the opening|
|admiring the finished piece|
|and just to prove I did it too....|
Come back after Christmas to see the finished pieces!