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    Posted December 20, 2008 by
    Pensacoal, Florida
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    Blowing our own glass Ornaments



    This year we did something different by making our own "hand-made, blown glass ornaments!" Every year, the Belmont Arts and Cultural Center of Pensacola Florida holds an event called "Hot Glass, Cold Beer." (For 25 dollars, you get a hand-made, blown glass that you can sample beer from a local brewery.) This is an event to raise money for the center, gives people the chance to see talented artist displaying their skills and to try out something that most people would never dream of doing, blowing your glass ornaments, right in front of a 2,000+ degree kiln! After signing your waiver, you are shown what it takes to blow molten glass and turn it into a beautiful piece of art. The Belmont Center has been around for many years and has been a great influence on the art community, young and old, and from all walks of life. Their goals and efforts are to educate and give the local community a chance to discover the arts for themselves. From pottery, sand blasting, raku firing, glass blowing and much more, the Belmont Arts Center is the place to go if you want to discover the artisan inside you. And I can't wait to give my very own blown glass, hand-made ornament this year, or I might just have to keep this for myself!



    For more info on the center, check out www.belmontartscenter.com.



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