I'll stop counting the days eventually, I'm sure. It's a bright, shiny new toy. But yes, this is blog day two. And it was a wonderful day!
Last week Joe and I went to a glass-blowing demonstration in St. Pete, which was great. It was at Morean Arts Center (www.moreanartscenter.org) on Central Avenue. I'd never heard of Morean Arts Center. We were going to be in St. Pete anyway and I happened to see a Groupon for this event, so it just happened. The Center itself is neat, they had a beautiful ceramics display, a nice little shop and a huge assortment of arts/crafts classes. The glass facility is behind the main building and the demonstration was great. Lots of twirling of hot glass, forming it into a perfect cylindrical vase and then draping it over a board to create a stunning abstract bowl. Joe enjoyed it so much he said he wanted to take a lesson. Which is all I need to hear.
St. Pete's not far from Sarasota but far enough, so I looked around Sarasota and found the Sarasota School of Glass. www.sarasotaschoolofglass.com is a neat little place in Central Sarasota which does glass fusing, a little different from glass blowing but still fun. Since we had an anniversary happening, I bought us each lessons in Introductory glass fusing. We had a great time. No pics yet of our finished glass since it is firing in the kiln as I write and will be ready in about 48 hours. But it was an informative, relaxed, fun four hours and I can see alot of potential to incorporate some original glasswork into jewelry designs. So the moral of this story: always try new stuff! It's fun, interesting, keeps things fresh and there are always ways to use new stuff in life. Pics to follow!