Read About The Glassblowing Workshop Experience by Events & Adventures Minneapolis
The members of Events & Adventures Minneapolis embraced their artistic side while visiting Vandalia Glassworks, a state-of-the-art hot glass shop and cold working facility. The members entered the world of glassblowing, opening their eyes to new possibilities while learning how to manipulate molten glass to create beautiful ornaments.
Trying their hand at this amazing craft was a great way for members to spend time with each other in a relaxed and comfortable environment
The members attended a Glassblowing 101 class, introducing them to the art at a reasonable pace. Fortunately, Vandalia Glassworks provides a warm and welcoming facility for all levels of glassblowers with the perfect balance of instruction and assistance. For this introductory class, members started with hand-crafted glass paperweights. They were given the equipment along with several personalization options, including a variety of different colors. The group broke off into several small teams who went in one at a time to craft their glass creations.
The members used long poles to gather liquid glass from the main furnace, which was then manipulated at the artist’s discretion. Some members chose solid colors for their sculptures, while others went with a beautiful translucent color. Interestingly, the members used newspapers drenched in water to twist the colors and form the shape of the glass. They returned to the furnace several times to soften the glass and get it just right.
Members enjoyed having so much creative control over the process and were proud of their glass paperweights at the end of the day
When they were finished, members put their sculptures into a cooler where they transformed into a solid take-home masterpiece. Fortunately, this glassblowing facility also features a gallery where members were able to walk-through and view a number of marvelous glass sculptures created by professional artists. A few of the glassblowing artists were present, creating amazing glass ornaments before their very eyes.
The Events & Adventures Minneapolis members made lasting memories at Vandalia Glassworks, learning a fun and unique activity with new friends in a comfortable environment. In fact, Events & Adventures Minneapolis had such a great time that they plan to attend a more advanced glassblowing class later this month! This is just one of many opportunities that Events & Adventures provides its members with to meet people just like them. There’s a lot in store for our great members, we’re excited to see what happens next!