George-Ann is by far the most entertaining artist I have ever met! Giggles, cold beers, and loads of teamwork, made this one of my favorite maker-memories! Couples in need of a perk-up, I HIGHLY recommend this activity. Glass-blowing is beautiful, but also a huge exercise in trust.
Firefly Hotglass Studio in Durham, NC is a bit rustic on the outside and a total artist compound on the inside. There are welders, gaffers (glass-blowers), carpenters, and sculptors inside this artist co-op. Wander around during glass-breaks. Get it? No food though, so bring snacks. Back to the glass!
Round one, we reserved a private class. No toe-dippers here! It was worth every penny. As a team, we crafted 1 bowl, blew 2 christmas ornaments, and twisted 2 paperweights. WARNING: Twisting and torching glass is oddly satisfying and very addicting! My hubby Aaron and I just couldn't stay away. Pumpkins and Fall are like crack to me. So imagine how fast I signed us up for the pumpkin class?! Wink, wink.
P.S. This was a great exercise to see glass recycled (most glass in 25% recycled in its purchased container.) Also as a control freak, working WITH the material and yielding to it, helped me grow. Trusting myself around a 2,000 degree glass oven with foreign tools, pushed me to be more confident. More brave. My husband told me he was proud of me that day.
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*Ask for George-Ann when you email (busy wonderful artist with no time for phone calls)
800 Taylor St (58.67 mi)Durham, North Carolina 27701