Thanks to Sarah for sharing her experience of the last alumni event of 2013 - a bauble-blowing extravaganza at Bath Aqua Glass - and best wishes for the new year from all of us in the Alumni Relations team:
How could I resist the alumni invitation to come and make a Christmas bauble? – a chance to meet other alumni, in Bath at Christmas (how pretty!) AND do some glass blowing? Now that’s a very special combination.
We – a happy group of alumni from a range of years and faculties - were warmly welcomed into Bath Aqua Glass by Clare, Jo and Paola from the alumni team, and enjoyed juice, mulled wine and mince pies as we chatted, listened to the introduction by Aqua Glass' Adrian, and watched the skilled teamwork of Laura and Will shaping the molten glass into beautiful objects. Then it was our turn to have a go!
In turn we chose the colour of our bauble-to-be, then blew gently into the long metal rod, slowly expanding the blob of extremely hot glass at the other end. The bauble was then deftly popped off the rod into a tray of heat-resistant chips where Laura added the clear glass hanging loop. Each proud maker posed for a photo with their treasure (who’s yours for?) – before it cooled slowly overnight, ready for engraving and posting the next day. I don’t know what wish the others blew into their bauble, but mine was to do more of this sort of thing!
Sarah Sparke (PhD 2013)