Filoli Gardens, Woodside

I finally made it to the Filoli Gardens, which are about 25-miles south of San Francisco in Woodside, California.  From the outside, the house looks like a villa in Europe, and the grounds are equally beautiful.  Most of the fruit trees are in full bloom, and Spanish moss flows from some of the others.  As you leave the visitors’ entrance, you walk through a field of dandelions, which abuts the house.  I’ve never seen so many tulips — and such large ones at that!  The tulips are seasonal, and definitely worth making the trip for.  Although it seems like the absolute perfect place for a picnic, you’re not allowed to bring food on the grounds, because apparently when they close the gates at 3 every day, the mountain lions and deer come out to play, and keeping them at bay becomes more difficult with food around.

© Sarah Milstein 2015

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Public Glass, San Francisco

I took the Introduction to Hot Glass class at Public Glass today, and will never look at another glass the same again.  I made an ugly paperweight, a deformed glass, and one glass that I’m actually proud of, and may actually use for drinking one day.  I had no idea how hot glass needs to be to work with.  When it’s malleable, it has the consistency of honey, and demands that you rotate it constantly or else it turns into a lopsided blob.  Below are some photos, and oversimplified directions.  I would not try this at home, but definitely recommend trying it.

Step 1.  Dip the metal rod into the pot furnace filled with molten glass, while rotating the rod constantly.

Step 2.  Place the rod in water to cool the handle, while rotating the rod constantly.

Step 3.  Carry the rod to the next station (either the bench or marver to begin shaping, or to the glory hole to reheat).

Step 4.  To create an opening, you blow through the rod and a small air bubble forms.

Step 5.  Finally, you transfer the glass to another rod called the punty, and then create a new opening from the side where the air bubble formed.  Continue reheating, rotating and shaping, and then release.  Voila!

© Sarah Milstein 2015