I FINALLY GET TO TRY GLASSBLOWING
I'm one of those people who is obsessed with weird videos of molten glass or squishy slime. Have you seen those videos on instagram? If not, you're missing out- #slimetherapy. Glassblowing has always been on my list of things to try out but I didn't think it was going to happen as lots of the studios were either very expensive for a class or quite far away. But then the lovely people at Rothschild & Bickers got in touch and asked if I'd like to go and take a look around their glass studio where they handblow their beautiful glass lights.
Oh, and they mentioned I could HAVE A GO!
Cue much excitement.
Rothschild & Bickers are based in Hertford and make every light they produce by hand, to order.
They have a tiny glassblowing team who have trained for years and years to learn about the craft, and trust me when I say it's not something you can learn quickly! The lady we met had trained for 8 years before working as a glassblower. This is such a dying art form and it was beautiful and fascinating to watch her and her apprentice at work.
They made it look so easy.
Trust me when I say it isn't. Read to the end to watch the video of me glassblowing and see what I made. It kept flopping off and was so hard to control. It takes so much skill.
It was a warm day and the studio was hot, I struggled, but apparently that was nothing compared to how hot it can get! Some days they said they have to pack up early because the height of the summer afternoon sun can be too much combine with the heat from the furnace. Yikes!
You wouldn't know that this was even an issue however, because the whole team at Rothschild are so down to earth and lovely - you can see they have such a passion for what they do and it's really refreshing.
I used to be one of those people who didn't understand why high end products were priced higher than the high street. I naively didn't see the value or why people wouldn't just choose a cheaper rip off item. After learning more about interiors and high end homewares, I can totally see the value in it now. When you see the years of skill and craftsmanship (craftswomanship?!) that go into creating these products you can't even think about contesting the price.
Owning a piece like a Rothschild & Bickers light is owning a story. It's owning a tiny share of what has gone into creating that product and reflects the amount of hands that have crafted it along the way.
Knowing that, it's a bargain.
Check out this little video that I made of my day, and my first time glassblowing!
Don't watch my hot red face blowing the glass.... mmm soo attractive!
and here's my cute little milk jug! What do you think? Did I do a good job?!