Happy Mother’s Day!
After we took mom and dad out to breakfast, it was off on our trip! Pixie had to be left behind with a house sitter – and we will miss her, but I need a vacay!
We are driving blind so to speak. Our destination is Maine and we have no hotels booked or any itinerary. We are just stopping where it looks like fun and enjoying what there is to do.
We sure found something fun on Sunday! We wanted to see the Quechee Gorge in Vermont, but there was also a glass blowing workshop there by Irish glass maker Simon Pearce. Now when hurricane Irene went through, this workshop was flooded as it was in an old mill and right on the river. They had to rebuild the glass blowing area. It is so cool! Some of the tools:
The work area. There are a couple ovens for shaping and a big oven that just holds molten glass.
These ovens are hot!!
The guys working were really nice. They said to ask any questions while they worked.
This is a fresh dollop of molten glass ready to be made into a glass.
They will roll the glass and shape it with the tools.
They can heat the glass up again at one of the ovens.
This guy is making a bowl:
That glass is glowing hot and they aren’t wearing gloves. Eeeek!
They trim the glass with scissors, which is crazy.
So cool! Now I want to do glass. I would love to do this. One of the guys I talked to has been doing it for 3 years. He used to be a teacher and kind of fell into doing the glass and realized that was what he wanted to do instead of teaching. He said he went from teaching to learning.
The upstairs is all the fancy displays of the finished glass, which I can’t afford.
And the gorge is pretty amazing as well:
Wildlife exploring tomorrow and hopefully a visit to King Arthur Flour store!