Reconstructing a Deconstructed Life One Brick at a Time – Learning a Craft
Yesterday was my first day learning how to make borosilicate glass art (i.e. learning to “blow glass”). I have been looking for a visually creative outlet that produced something tangible. Things like welding, whittling, rustic furniture… were along the lines (i.e. a “craft”) of what I was looking for, but I never felt like they were calling to me. That is, I never felt a strong pull to get started, to make it happen. Also, an opportunity had never really presented itself for me to get started in those mediums.
With glassworking it seems like all of those pieces are falling into place. I was instantly drawn to the intricate, three-dimensional, galaxy-like marbles produced by Kenan Teimeyer. I don’t know much about the glass art community yet, but I’ve been told by several other competent glass blowers that he is one of the best marble artists in the country. The orb you see here is one of his, and links to his site. Kenan has a workshop just down the road and has agreed to trade me web work for instruction.
My first day went well. While I messed up every mushroom pendant I made in one way or another, I felt confident that, with practice, I have the capacity to learn the craft. I found it difficult to think of anything else while blowing glass because it takes so much concentration, attention to detail and mindfulness. This meditative aspect, described by some as flow, is the main reason I am looking for a tangible craft like this in the first place. Leaving Kenan’s workshop yesterday I felt like I was coming home from work, but in a good way. It was a wholesome feeling, having been in deep concentration “making” or “creating” things all day. I was tired but fulfilled, not unlike a day spent gardening, building trails and chopping wood.
I may or may not end up a dedicated glass artist, but trying things like this is part of how I hope to create the simple life I intend to live. I also want to learn an instrument. Guitar seems a likely place to start for various reasons so I’ll be taking weekly classes beginning in March. It will be interesting to see and feel changes as my mind begins to wire the necessary circuits for the two-handed dexterity both skills require.
Another brick may have been added to the foundation yesterday. Time will tell…