Monday, February 28, 2011

G Is For Glass Blowing


It's time again for ABC Wednesday. If you aren't participating in ABC Wednesday, you are missing out on a lot of fun.

This week the letter is G. G is for glass blowing. In January, Gina and I took a trip to Lincoln City, Oregon for a reunion of her siblings. One of the things that we did while we were there was to visit The Jennifer Sears Glass Art Studio.

The glass blowing artists have some of their work on display in the studio. We met Kelly Howard, and she explained some of the process of producing these beautiful fish that are some of her signature pieces.


One of the things that the studio offers is the chance to blow your own glass. You can make a Float, Fluted Bowl, Paperweight, Starfish, Heart or Jumbo Float. They supply everything you need and have expert artists help you. You can get up close and personal with the process of creating Art Glass. Friendly instructors guide you through a creative process that has been handed down from generation to generation through the centuries. Gina wanted to experience blowing glass, and decided to make a sea float.

Glass Blowing 3

Her instructor was Andrew Kogle. He was right with her for each step and made sure everything was done correctly while letting her do as much of the process as possible.

Glass Blowing 2

Glass In The Furnace

Glass Blowing

To view a slideshow of Andrew helping a customer make a float click here.

Gina really enjoyed the experience of working with the glass, and the float that she created was beautiful. She was really proud of her float.

Gina's Float

Here is some video of the glass blowing process starring Gina and Andrew.



The beautiful float is now displayed prominently in our entryway for everyone to see when they enter our home.

Glass Float

21 comments:

  1. What a lovely experience! I've watched glass blowing in a couple of places; the process is fascinating.

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  2. WOW! That really is a beautiful float. Love the colors and the stand is perfect.

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  3. Gorgeous! I would love to try that sometime.

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  4. This is when glass blowing is an art!

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  5. The video is magnificent!
    I would love to visit this place as well, great artwork Gina! :)
    I love this art with glass, very impressive!
    Léia - Bonjour Luxembourg

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  6. This is indeed gorgeous and I would love to try glass blowing myself! How fun! Terrific post for the G Day! And your photos are wonderful as is the video! Hope your week is going well! Enjoy!

    Sylvia
    ABC Team

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  7. I went to the Corning (NY) glass works as a kid. Fascinating stuff.
    ROG, ABC Wednesday team

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  8. wonderful photos! its an art that's not much seen here I think :)

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  9. I loved the video, hot stuff.. The finished product is beautiful.

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  10. Oh, Gina did a wonderful job! Love it... Glass blowing has always fascinated me - we have a local shop, too, that provides part-time watching only. It would be marvelous to blow one's own!

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  11. What a beautiful float, Gina!! I expect I would end up with a 'blob' if I tried it!
    Jane x

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  12. Wow! Great post for G day! Would love to blow a float like this one!
    Thanks for sharing;o)

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    Have a gorgeous week****

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  13. I love that ball and also the fish is exquisite.
    This would be something good to learn.:)

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  14. I love glass and admire those who create in this medium.

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  15. Simply beautiful. I think that looks like fun. What an art form.

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  16. It's lovely. I have toured the Steuben Factory several times but have never tried to blow any glass.
    Donna - ABC Team

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  17. Gorgeous! Great choice for this week's G.

    G is for....

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  18. I never knew that the public was allow to join on in the fun at creating something so beautiful in glass blowing, I am always so glued at watching glass blowers at the fair. Beautiful work of art she had created. I also like that fish too.

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  19. How interesting to see how this is done then actually do it. I love the result.

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  20. informative and fun post.
    you rock.
    :)

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  21. Fantastic! I have such awe for talented people and the art they create.

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