The SLAC-kers love the stunning fused glass turtle Vicki Brown made for the club, and they jumped at the invitation to make their own glass pieces in Vicki’s home studio.
But first, they visited Farmer Brown’s garden (that’s Vicki’s husband, Steve).
They pulled carrots right out of the ground…
…and pretended they were pens (not pictured: attempting to use the carrot as a weapon).
Farmer Brown gave the girls lessons in all sorts of vegetables.
Then Vicki started her lesson on working with glass.
They were allowed to use all the tools after a saftey lesson.
Here are some action shots of the girls making their pieces (they chose to make coasters).
If you look closely, there’s a turtle in the middle of this piece. Gotta represent.
Even the adults got in on the lesson!
Vicki explained how the kiln works. It’s a tricky process with many steps—thankfully, they’re all automated. The temp inside this piece of equipment can get up to 1,500 °F.
Here’s how they looked before being “cooked”…
Thank you, Vicki, for teaching the girls something new (and for donating all the materials). We had a blast and learned so much!