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! 

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