A few years ago, my mom and I visited Seattle to see my nephew, his wife, and my great niece. While we were there we wanted to take in a few of the sites. It was the first time my mom had visited and we wanted to see the Space Needle and its next door neighbor, the Chihully Garden & Glass.

My photo doesn’t do this one justice.

The garden was stunning and captured my imagination. One of the photos I took now highlights my blog page. 

We were so taken by the beautiful exhibition that we went on another day to Museum of Glass in Tacoma. This museum features The Hot Shop where glassblowers practice the art of glass blowing and you can watch them as they create.

One of the things that happens in glass making is that it’s placed in an annealer. 

Anneal means to heat (metal or glass) and allow it to cool slowly, in order to remove internal stresses and toughen it. Reanneal means to anneal again.

The blown glass we saw was incredibly beautiful, intricate, complex. The entire process is heating fine sand to 2,000 degrees Fahrenheit working it until it cools down and can no longer be molded and then heating it back up in a Glory Hole. For more, visit Wonderopolis.

One of the photos from our trip.

Then to the annealer. 

The again is there. Rich and deep. ❤