I decided to learn to make glass one day. Admittedly I was bored and looking for something different to do. I wanted to make beautiful glass shapes, just like the ones I’d seen glass blowers in tourist shops making. I was fascinated by this.
I had always thought of glass as a liquid because it was so taffy like when I’d seen it used by the glass blowers. The glass blower who agreed to give me lessons would pour silica sand into a mixture of sodium carbonate and lime. It was powdery until he heated it, then it became more like the glass taffy I was expecting.
I eventually was bored with glass making. It was a job which required a lot of heat to make the sand and other ingredients into glass. The rod was heavy and it took a long time. I just could not make anything pretty.