A couple of weeks ago I attended a glass workshop. This was last year’s birthday present from my Mum and Sister – isn’t it nice when birthdays last a long time! I have always wanted to have a go at working with glass, so this gift was just perfect.
The workshop was run by the highly talented Elin Isaksson and was entitled ‘solid and hollow’, where you create a paperweight and a glass bauble.
Elin’s studio is just outside Stirling, in a gorgeous rural setting:
Once inside the workshop it was fascinating to see all the equipment and examples of Elin’s own work.
And then we got down to business. Here are a few action shots of me making my paperweight…
As you can see, Elin was close on hand to prevent any mishaps. She had a wonderful approach, balancing care and supervision with sufficient stepping back to make you feel you were properly involved.
Obviously I had to leave at the end of the session without my glass items, which were safely cooling. I was on tenterhooks to know how the pieces had come out – what would they be like?
Well, today I found out when they arrived in the post – so exciting!!
Here are the two pieces. I adore them both:
The bauble was particularly difficult to photograph and you can’t truly see all the patterns and colours, but hopefully this gives a good enough idea of its depth of colour. It will look fabulous on our Christmas tree:
The paperweight on the other hand is marvellously photogenic:
It was a brilliant present, so thanks again to Mum and Sis. Thanks also to Elin for a very memorable experience. If you are ever likely to be near Stirling, I highly recommend booking one of her sessions. 🙂