Yesterday Elizabeth and I went to the Pittsburgh Glass Center and took a glass class on how to make a paperweight. We were both interested in taking a class there and not especially particular on which one (only that it needed to have space for us and fit in to our schedules – we scheduled this one in December and yesterday was the next available day). It turned out the paperweight was probably the perfect introductory class. It’s easy to make a paperweight look nice and artistic with minimal idea of what you’re doing. (At least in theory – it’s somewhat difficult to actually SEE what your final project will look like because the glass is at something like 1500 degrees when you’re working with it. But I feel confident that it’s pretty hard to mess up a paperweight.)
In watching the initial demonstration I became deathly afraid of dropping burning hot glass on to my foot, on to someone else’s arm, etc., but the instructors were very helpful with the more terrifying elements of creating your own artistic glassware. An added bonus was that there was no blowing of glass, so I had no fear of sucking hot glass into my lungs, my face catching on fire, etc.
I have no pictures because they are all on Elizabeth’s phone. I also have no paperweight yet because it had only cooled down to like 800 degrees by the time we left, so we have to pick it up another day. I will have to do a follow up post on this adventure. EDIT: Elizabeth has read my blog and sent me some pictures! Here they are.
Before we went to the glass class we went to Station Street Hot Dogs because Elizabeth knows about everything that is awesome. Station Street has fancy hot dogs and gourmet tacos. None of the fancy hot dogs were appealing to me because they all had one ingredient I did not like (sauerkraut, kim chi), so I just got a plain, but I also got a duck comfit taco and that was just delightful.
Before THAT, I went to Trader Joe’s and got groceries, and I went to a bike shop that I think was called Performance Bicycles and got a bike rack for my car. Ben and I always joke that sales people should love us because once we have decided to make a major purchase, we just walk into a store and buy what we want. That’s how it was with this bike rack. I’ve been thinking about getting a bike rack for a YEAR and this sales guy only had to spend 5 minutes with me and I bought it. I still need to get a hitch, and it needs to get warmer, and once those things happen I plan to park a little further out from town and bike in to town.
Before that I was supposed to run with my group but it snowed again so we didn’t.