"I think there is an ongoing interest in our product," he said. "People are telling us how much they appreciate us, how much they like it. We hope to have that continue.
"What we are making is really art glass."
Jessica and Dustin Mann came from Cincinnati for the glass workshop.
"It's nice, because I've had previous experience in glass blowing in college, so they let me do a little more free-hand," Jessica said.
Her husband, Dustin, was confident his wife would craft a better piece than he would but was still enjoying the process.
"It's interesting how the different motions that they do change the shape so drastically," he said.
Perry Bays has worked as a glassblower for Blenko since 1990. Bays helped others learn the craft Saturday.
First, he made sure participants knew which end of the pipe was hot to the touch. He'd place the glass piece in the furnace to heat it enough to begin to shape it. Then he took a paddle tool to the sides of the glass before handing it over to participants.
Once the glass began taking shape, Bays would add a bit of water and air before taking the pipe and attached glass piece to a nearby set of three stairs. There, participants stood high enough to blow lightly into the pipe and watch their creation expand with air. After the glass was in the proper shape, Bays would take the cutting tools and cut off the top of the piece before placing it into a conveyor belt-like cooling system.
"They enjoy it, but it's not as easy as they think it is," Bays said. "There's more to it than people realize."
The glassblowing process takes about eight minutes before the glass is placed into the cooler for four to five hours. Those in the workshop may either pick up their glass creations at the factory or have them shipped to them.
"They don't come in like that every day," Blenko said. "We're happy to have them, of course."
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