At least once a day when I'm at a market with my glass I'm asked whether, "I made all this." The simple response is, "Yes." The longer answer is that the style of glassblowing I practice is a team sport.
One person is in charge of the piece--deciding what they will make, what color it will be, what shape it will become, what steps will be taken to get there and who (if anyone) will assist them in making it. I do make each of the pieces I sell, but for most of them I have a partner in creation. He helps me strategize and consider options on how best to bring a vision to life in glass, and helps with a myriad of the steps along the way in the actual creation. Those who have watched glassblowers at work often describe it as a well choreographed dance.
Leo is my partner in the dance of glassblowing. See how he translates his visions to glass.
Dragonflies for days.
You've seen it. That Pinterest fail compilation that makes its way through social media every few months. It shows in picture perfect detail just how much someone did not nail their version of that three tier birthday cake, holiday wreath or furniture make over.
And let's face it, if you've tried your hand at making some project that's popped up on your feed, chances are really good that your finished project did not look as perfect as the example. Not the first time, and probably not the second or third time either if you were brave enough to try it again.
And that's okay. I repeat: that is okay.
Everything. Takes. Practice.
While that awesome thing, its "six easy steps" and maybe a time-lapse video showing the creator nail it make you say, "I can do that!", chances are really good that you won't nail it the first time. And that's okay.
We don't know how many times the maker crafted their (now) awesome thing before putting it out into the world. We don't know how many hours or years of experience they have in their craft. And we don't see how many times they did not nail it before they got to the awesome thing stage. If they told you any of that, you might never be brave enough to start in the first place.
That ever important practice stage of any project isn't sexy or pin worthy. It also looks different for every person as we each bring our own unique set of skills (gained through hours--or years--of practice) with us as we get started making the awesome thing. And that's okay.
The most important part of any project may just be our ability to start it over and over and over again until it becomes the awesome thing. When we're ready, those "six easy steps" really are easy. And our own time-lapse video looks amazing.
Practice. Practice. Practice. Practice.
Make the awesome thing. And pin the shit out of it when you're done.
Sometimes you just need to take time to play. Four colors over white, some swirls and some stripes.