Angelenos are a creative bunch, on the whole. We tend to be people who are a little daring — hard workers who like to play hard, too. And yet, I hear from clients all the time that they would like to have more creativity in their lives. Many of these people are suffering from an abundance of familiarity. Stretching ourselves to experience something new, creative, and visually beautiful…now that can really expand our being.
I recently stretched myself by attending my first glass blowing class at Revolution Glass in El Segundo. I love the medium of glass and have a large collection of glass paperweights, so I was thrilled when I was given this class as a gift. Josh Gelfand, who owns, teaches, and creates at Revolution Glass, offers classes in glass blowing as well as studio time for those who already work the craft.
In our beginner’s class, which ran from 9 AM-4 PM on a Saturday, six of us learned how to make a beautiful, multi-colored paperweight, a clear blown glass ornament – that we were all thrilled with – and a colored glass ornament that rivals any beautiful piece of glass you’d see in a gallery. Working with molten glass was a mind-blowing experience for me. The heat, the texture, the procedures, the physicality and the beauty were all surprising, and fun.
I found myself completely focused on the process of making these pieces, and inspired by the other glass pieces in the studio, as well as those my classmates created. I felt like I’d worked hard that day, and produced something worthwhile with my whole being. Was I stretched? Absolutely. Happy? Positively.
I’m looking at glass art and objects with a new and deeper appreciation. And I’m definitely looking forward to getting back to the studio, to learn how to make tumblers, and more visually complex pieces. Artisan in the making? Maybe…
Image Credits: Daisy Swan