A few weekends ago, Cassie took me to Sinaca Studios in Fort Worth, TX to learn how to blow glass for my birthday! Yes, my birthday was in January and we were only just now able to attend the class because the studio is so popular, but boy was it worth the wait!
Cassie and I got there about 15 or 20 minutes early so that we could poke around the store and see some of the art and items available. They are beautiful! The craziest part about the whole experience, our guest blogger Rachel has actually been there herself!
Kevin, Mitch and Mitch were our instructors. The guys went over several safety directions and explained to us the techniques and steps we would be doing to create our own piece of art. I admit it was a lot of information at one time, but they work with you the entire time so you feel comfortable. You are never alone when creating your piece of art. They help you and talk you through it the whole time.
The first thing we did was choose the colors we wanted our art to have, we got to choose a maximum of three colors. I chose two blues and a white and Cassie chose purple, gold and white. Two people can go at a time and Cassie went first. Here are a couple of pictures of us creating our glass paperweight and working through the three different stages of the paperweight. Notice our safety gloves and safety goggles!
After you finish making the paperweight it takes several days to cool since the glass is THAT hot. They look even better in person and actually pretty heavy. They are so smooth and have so much dimension. I love you can see where we twisted the middle layer with the prongs and the bubbles that we created. The instructors coached us through the process if we wanted that look or not.
Here is a picture of my paperweight. I love how it looks like water and waves and the bubbles just add to that effect.
Here is Cassie’s paperweight. You can really see the “canyons,” curves and spirals with these colors. Looks great!
We had fun learning how to blow glass and meeting new people! We have a new respect for all things glass, that’s for sure! If you’re looking for something fun to do you definitely should try this out. My biggest suggestion is to wear shorts because the shop is you guessed it HOT, especially during Texas summer. They have other classes that you can take after taking this initial paperweight class. We might need to look into it!