We have been watching the hit show, Blown Away, on Netflix recently as a family. Due to our newfound love for glassblowing, we knew we needed to take my parents to Tulsa Glassblowing School while they were in town.
About Tulsa Glassblowing School
Tulsa Glassblowing School is located off the famous Route 66, and provides an open access hot shop and kiln studio. From those of us who are novices, to skilled glass artists, everyone can enjoy their time spent in the school.
What is Glassblowing?
Glassblowing is the craft of shaping glass by blowing air into a molten glass with the aid of a blowpipe.
Glassblowing is one of the most beautiful, practical, and versatile art forms, and I was thrilled to take my parents and oldest child (10-year-old) on this adventure with me!
*It should be noted that even though glassblowing is defined as the above, we did not need to blow into a pipe to make a paperweight, thus ensuring it was COVID-friendly.*
Our Paperweight Experience
This was such a rare and educational opportunity, not to mention, it was so much fun! Tulsa Glassblowing School says that kids as young as 7 can come, but I choose to just take my oldest this time around.
We worked with Jake and Kevin, and they both were so kind and patient with us, which was amazing considering I tell terrible jokes and my oldest was a nervous wreck.
These neat tools help us to form the shape of our paperweight. The tweezers help mix the colors and create the air bubbles inside the paperweight itself. The wooden blocks help us better form the shape, and the jacks help us to remove the glass from the pipe itself.
Our Finished Work of Art
After 24 hours I was able to pick up these beauties! Seeing the end result reminds me how versatile craft glassblowing is. Our finished product is incredible! It is such a fun little keepsake to remember our time spent making art.
We had such a great time at Tulsa Glassblowing School. I highly recommend checking them out! You can plan your glassblowing adventure by clicking here. You can make individual appointments or even appointments for a group (like I did)!
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