When I am in Vilnius, I occasionally spend a couple of hours learning how to make glass jewelry from a local glass artist. An American acquaintance who is one of her students suggested I give it a try. There isn’t a formal class; I just arrange come to her studio and work, getting instructions as necessary to make pendants and earrings from glass.
I was never interested in jewelry-making because it requires fine motor skills and detailed-handwork. But I’ve found that engaging in a tangible, creative activity is a good balance for the academic, mental work with which I am usually occupied. And I’m quite proud of my first creations. I finished the two pendants in October and wear them often. I just finished the earrings last week. Wiring earrings is really difficult. These aren’t the most polished pieces, but I made them and I think they came out pretty well for a first attempt.