For the mystery trip this year, we headed to Patterson Glass in Mundelein, Illinois. There were 20 of us, and we spent about three hours taking turns making glass pyramids. We got to choose our own colors and then Peter Patterson and another guy walked us through the process. We were supervised so closely that we really didn’t have much of an opportunity to mess things up. It takes a couple days to cool the glass properly, so we have to wait a couple days to get our creations.
If my face looks red in these photos, it’s because it was hot in the room and the furnace I’m heating my glass in was 1,200°.
That’s Peter Patterson next to me.
When we were all through, Peter demonstrated another technique and made a vase.
For lunch we went to Empire Buffet, where I got a photo of my coworker Johannah Wenig with the chair.