My first chemistry class as an undergraduate had a weekly lab in which we were required to make our own pipettes out of simple glass tubes. I’d hold the glass to the flame of the Bunsen burner and wait till it started glowing orange to start pulling it to create a pointed tip. I loved it and was fascinated how I could melt and smooth away jagged edges by simply applying heat.

A couple years later, I found myself in the lobby of the Bellagio Hotel while there with the pep band for a basketball tournament in Las Vegas, looking up at Dale Chihuly’s flower installment. There were hundreds of these colorful, plate-like flowers that were breath-taking. At that moment, I knew I wanted to learn how to make something that beautiful.

So it went on my life list over 15 years ago. There weren’t any glass blowing studios where I lived, so whenever I got a chance to go up to Seattle, I made it a point to spend time in the historic area where glass blowing studios and shops abound.

For Christmas, I found on a discount site a short intro class for glass flower making at Holdman Studios, about 40 miles away from my home. My husband and I gifted his younger sister who isan artist  this class because she was trying to expand her portfolio. I went with her to this class. I was kicking myself for not having purchased the lesson for myself also!

So I vowed that I would save up enough money this year to take the more extensive (and expensive!) classes at Holdman Studios. I want to be able to get good enough to make some art that I can display in my own home. And I would love to make a set of wine glasses I made on my own!