“It’s all feel,” he said. “Learning your technique and learning your style, learning the consistency of the glass. Then there’s also all sorts of science behind it.”
Each student got to take home their own glass ornament.
While the day also included a tour of downtown Springfield and a stop at the Heritage Center, Frates said he hopes the time in the studio fostered a love of art and learning.
“I want them to go home and be excited about their day,” he said. “I want them to be thrilled they got to make an ornament.”
For Hasecke, there’s no doubt the day left a lasting impression.
“It was great. I’ll probably hang it in my room just to say I went on a field trip in sixth grade to a glass blowing studio.”