Wednesday, August 21, 2013

I'm a Lawyer (Again)!

Well, it finally happened... I got sworn in!

The purpose of this post, though, is not to advertise for work (although I am still trying to figure out my next job move) but to serve as a word of warning to all of you who are thinking about waiving in to Washington State or getting admitted through reciprocity. 

This took 7 months.  Almost 8 months including the time it took me to get all the necessary affidavits and forms filled out and notarized. Then 7 months, almost to the day, from the time I submitted everything to the Washington State Bar Association.

When we first learned that we were moving to Washington, I put off getting all of my paperwork done. I figured I had some time, and I thought it was more important to focus on the apartment search, and I believed that it was important to have a "real" address to put on my applications (not our temporary quarters), so I waited until we really moved and got settled in. I figured I wouldn't want to start working for a few weeks after the move anyway. And I had no idea it would take 7 months.  If I had known, I probably would've started the process last September as soon as we knew we were moving.

Another piece of advice, for anyone going through this process or considering the process, it would have been easier to track down lawyers to sign my affidavits if I had done it while I was still in New York. I could've walked into my supervisor's office and said "Can you sign this?" Rather than knowing it was sitting on his desk for weeks and hoping to catch him on the phone to nag him about it.  It might have been quicker if I had started the process back when I still had face-to-face contact with most of my references.

Even though I was sworn in today, I still have to mail in the signed Oath of Attorney to the bar association and then, when they receive it, I can pay my fees. So I'm still not official-official yet!

But that won't stop us from going out to celebrate tonight! 

Thursday, August 15, 2013

The Wedding Gift

Jon's co-worker got married last weekend, and inspired by a classmate who made a vase for a wedding gift, I decided to give it my best effort (and get my teacher's help!) to make a vase for their wedding. I figured, worst case scenario, if it came out too amateurish, I'd keep it and we'd buy something off their registry.  

Olive went with me to Olympic Color Rods (she loves it there!) and helped me pick out some colors. We thought it would be cool to use this very warm orange with this very cool turquoise...

But, in the end, my teacher recommended only using one color. So I went with the orange. (The turquoise, alas, was lost to the color box or possibly the karmic world of glassblowers getting full use of colors left over in the color box.) 

I blew out a vase shape... and then... the most fun part...  

The roller wrap.  I believe Ed Schmid calls it "threading" in Advanced Glassblowing. But the idea is that you set your pipe down on a yoke and then turn it while applying a very thin hot color bit so that it wraps all around.

I didn't get a picture of our class doing it, so this picture is from the Tacoma Museum of Glass's Facebook page. 

I have seen more experienced glassblowers in our shop using the roller wrap and I always wanted to try it. I was so excited to have finally worked my way up to this technique...

And, more importantly, it worked! It came out looking really nice! I love it! 
I love it so much I was almost tempted to buy them something off  their registry and keep it for myself...

Top view, looking down
You are getting verrrrrry sleeeeepy.

Next step?  I had the coldworker engrave the couple's initials and wedding date on the bottom of the piece.

My final concern was that I wanted it to be very clear to the bride and groom that this was a handmade piece. I know it's not perfect, but a lot of time and effort went into it.  How should I convey that? Write it in the card?  I had another idea...

I printed up a card (a little larger than a business card, but it fits in the vase) that has my picture in the hot shop and reads "Handmade just for you by Monyca (I redacted my last name for the blog) at Seattle Glassblowing Studio Seattle, WA" and stuck it in the vase before wrapping it up.  Now they'll know the gift was made especially for them, by whom and where! 

I'm feeling pretty proud of myself! I hope the bride and groom like it as much as I do! 

Friday, August 9, 2013

Living the Good Life

The good life, Seattle style... Starbucks iced drinks in the pool. 

Saturday, August 3, 2013

Glassblowing Shirt

I've kind of struggled with figuring out what to wear to the glassblowing studio/hot shop.  First, natural fibers are required, many manmade fibers have lower melting points and could melt to you and make burns far worse in the event of accident.  Second, it gets really hot in the hot shop, but I have definitely experienced that I prefer long sleeves that actually protect me from the heat. Sometimes when I wear short sleeves, I end up with a kind of burn rash on the inside of right forearm from where it was exposed to the heat, mostly while working jack lines. So, there's definitely a trade-off between sleeveless and long sleeves.

I have one particular long sleeve t-shirt that has become my go-to glassblowing shirt.  First, it's grey, which is a good compromise between the get-dirty-too-easily light colors and the attract-heat dark colors. Second, it's cotton, but it's a very thin cotton. So thin that it's one step away from translucent.  My thought is that it gives my arm a little protection while not making me too hot. Third, it has a nice deep scoop neck, to keep my neck from getting too hot. Fourth, it's old so if it gets really dirty or ruined, I won't mind too much. I usually wear it over a cotton tank top.

It looks like this:

Washing it every week and hunting for it every week before glassblowing class got me thinking about what my ideal glassblowing shirt would be. It's crazy, but it would probably be a one sleeved shirt. A long sleeve on the right would protect my forearm that's closer to the glass, but a sleeveless left side would keep me a little bit cooler.

That would be crazy! That would be ridiculous! Well, don't a lot of people wear specialized clothing for their sport or hobby that looks ridiculous to outsiders? You think bike shorts and cleats don't look ridiculous?  And... like I said, this is an old shirt so if I totally screw it up...

After thinking about it for a few weeks, and inspired by ReFashionista, I finally got out my scissors. Now my favorite glassblowing shirt looks like this:

Yes, they sell kevlar sleeves that you can wear on one arm. But why buy special equipment when something in your closet will do? 

 Hey, while I'm at it, maybe I should add a thumb hole like those kevlar sleeves I've seen:

Pay no attention to the pink undershirt here, which is not natural fiber so it is not appropriate for glassblowing. But here's the finished product:
Ta-Da! My glassblowing shirt! 

I wore it to glassblowing class and my teacher laughed. She said, "You know, you could buy a kevlar sleeve..."  To which I responded, "But now I've got more money to spend on glass color!"