So, this week, it went by fast and slowly most of the school has left for summer vacation Officially the last day is Wednesday when we will have a little get together to say "goodbye".
Tuesday we did more production for the cold shop. We made super thick bowls for deep cutting, not very fun and then I made some of these big vases:
Remember the top ice cream looking part will get cut off so they aren't as big as they look right now... but they aren't small either! I think I made about 7 or 8!
I think it was Wednesday we watched Åke do a encalmo demonstration with the four colors you see below:
He made an incredibly nice big bowl.
Thursday was Vegard's last day so we made BIG things. Here is Åke helping us make giant bubbles:
We got the thickest pipe we could fine, gather once...
make a flask (or bottle) post like this:
then gather a third time and have your assistant help you scoop and paper it:
and then go "ta-effin-da!"
Then as usual Vegard turns to me and goes "your turn" so I tried too!
It got so big that the blue metal rest started tipping over so I had to hold it with my foot.
and I blew until I got dizzy and made this beauty!
Before all this crazy bubble blowing in the morning we made BIG plates! Vegard did a very nice one with white inside and black on the outside. Then I did this monster which didn't turn out great but I am still pretty happy. It has a metallic black inside and blue opaque outside which made a really nice color:
I weighed it on a really old scale where I had to hold it then get off and weigh myself so, it weighs between 3.5 and 4 kilos (7.7 - 8.8lbs)!!! Then I smashed!
Hahahaha did you see that coming?!?! Well, I decided that I liked the colors so much that I could smash it and save it and next year do some fusing or use the pieces to make some jewelry or something pretty! And, now you can't tell there was a hole in the bottom!
Yesterday and today I had my last lessons at the Nybro Riding Club Stables. I rode grumpy old Poseidon... he doesn't like the heat it turns out. Yesterday we rode outside in the light rain which was nice and cool but a bit slippery in the grass.
This was our course: I didn't jump this big I jumped around 2'9" and this is probably 3'3".
Poseidon really hates that red wave jump and way to the right there is a tree that fell and I even got him to jump that one!
There was a Swedish combination, which we made it through on the first try and lots of stand alone oxers which are always a bit intimidating for me. Pia gave me some really good advice which was "don't think just jump, just ride" because she says I do well until I think he might stop and then of course he does. She says that I have really good balance and somehow always land on the horse so I shouldn't have anything to be afraid of, she has seen me stay on over jumps like no one else... which is not really how I want to be remembered here in Sweden but oh well.
Today at school I cleaned all day, in the morning I swept the hot shop and cleaned away the debris from the glory holes and in the afternoon I cleaned the flame working station in the cold shop then got to go home early... so I cleaned my kitchen, bathroom and living room! I am so excited for Valerie and Jenny (two of my best friends from high school) to arrive on Sunday I am busily cleaning and packing and arranging things!!!
This weekend will be filled with laundry, cleaning, organizing and hopefully enjoying my last weekend here then VAL AND JENNY ARRIVE Sunday afternoon!!!