$40 dollar to blow your own ornaments is an absolute waste of money. For $40 you get to blow on the end of a rubber tube for 15 seconds and observe, over the course of 10 minutes, your ornament being created.
My family was in for Thanksgiving and I wanted to expose them and my early teenage daughter to the art/beauty of glass blowing. I thought we would try to excited my daughter through active participation - of course, the rest of the family also wanted to participate so this really cost $200 for the 5 of us. This was not the activity for doing that - in fact it did almost the opposite as she (all did of us) thought she would be really doing something.
The expectation was set that we would be there an hour and we needed a reservation. Little did we know that the whole process only took 10 minutes and there was very little "hands on" experience. For that matter, there was little explanation of 'why' things were done - it was we do this, then that - now blow, then we put it here to cool - thank you, come back in a day and pick-up.
We had told many of our Charlottesville friends about what we were doing - they seemed excited and expressed that they wanted to do it with their kids also. Needless to say, I will be letting them know what really happens.
I did not rate the experience terrible - even though I thought my money was wasted - since the studio/shop is nice and there are some neat pieces.
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