A fellow glassblower, Plum, asked over the weekend how long I have been blowing glass. This is a trick question. The quick and dirty answer is 3 years...ok going on 4...but 3 years of glass blowing. IE> I have been exposed to the art of making glass stuff for three years.
Now the rub...When you ask someone "how long have you been surfing" everyone knows that you can only surf when you have waves. So everyone has equal time to catch the waves when they are up and everyone figures if it was good you where surfing. Now, when you ask me how long I have been blowing glass, I have to figure up exactly how to answer this. I could go for the shocker and say going on four years. Or I could go with reality, and say one day a week for the last three and a half years. This when you start to think about it that is not that long.
52 x 3 = 156 days. So if you really need an honest answer I have been blowing glass for 1/3 of a year. Then you could say that most glass blowers would work a 8 hour day. That is interesting, I only work 1.5 hours a night every wed. night. So, lets crunch these numbers a little bit more.
So 1.5 goes into 8 about 5 times. So 156 divided by 5 equals....31.2 days. So I figure if I had been blowing glass 8 hours a day, for a month I would be about as good as I am right now. That is scary...not true...but maybe a little true. I would be at least a little bit true. Glass blowing has a lot to do with muscle memory and hand eye work. If you work two days in a row you can really feel yourself get better. If you work for a week, you are often miles past where you where at the start of the week. So I really enjoy the times I get to work two days in a row.
Well that might have been more info than you wanted.....I could honestly look someone in the eye and say about a month right? Ok maybe not.