The holidays are such a special time of year, what with all the lights and decorations, gathering together with family and friends. But if you’re one of those people who struggle with finding the perfect gift for people on your list, the holidays can be stressful. Here’s a suggestion. Why not give the gift of glass-blowing?
The art of glass-blowing has always intrigued me, so I headed to the Monadnock Region and the Hot Glass Art Center in Marlborough to see what it was all about.
Glassblowing is truly a fun and unique experience. And right about now, you might be asking yourself the question, do I need any past experience to try this? The answer is simple, no. All you need is a desire to try something new. After all just look at what you can create!
It’s great for all ages. Jordana tells me that kids, adults and all ages in between can try this. Consider getting family and friends together to make it a group event. If you don’t have time before the holidays, schedule it in the New Year. (See below for Jordana’s full demo on this project).
A number of New Hampshire artisans offer glassblowing workshops or opportunities to see them in their working studios. Here are a few suggestions: Terrapin Glassblowing Studio in Jaffrey; Ridabock Glass Studio and Gallery in East Kingston; and Macomber Glass Studio in Conway. If you’re not sure glassblowing is for you, no problem! The League of NH Craftsmen offers classes, workshops, and demonstrations in things such as pottery, painting, jewelry and metals for people of all ages and skill levels. Of course, if you are simply looking for some ideas for uniquely New Hampshire gifts this holiday, no problem! And, of course New Hampshire Made can certainly help you ‘wrap’ up your holiday gift list as they have an extensive list of local artisans. I stopped by the Hannah Grimes Marketplace while walking around downtown Keene and found a great selection of items made right here in the Granite State.
Keene is such a great city to explore be sure to check it out next time you’re there!
Looking forward to sharing the magic of the holiday season in New Hampshire with you in the weeks ahead!
Before I let you go, here’s Jordana’s full demonstration of making a snowman.