Glass blowing demo lures hundreds to Collierville Square | Arts & Culture
Hundreds of people paid a visit to the Collierville Town Square over the weekend to learn a little bit about an ancient art.
Staff and students from Southern Illinois University performed glassblowing demonstrations at the free two-day event, which was hosted by the Morton Museum of Collierville History.
During the demonstration, Assistant Professor Cortney Boyd, graduate student Rudy Faulkner, and undergrad Dani Patrick made a variety of treasure, ranging from vases to ornaments.
“People have said, ‘Let’s bring them back next year,’ Mortin Museum Director Erin Narloch told The Collierville Herald.
Narloch said more than 300 people showed up to watch the glass blowing demonstration. Some people even left with a souvenir.
Barbara and Tim Johnston of Collierville watched as the glass blowers made a red and green vase. The Johnstons knew they wanted it before it was even finished.
“We watched them the entire hour,” said Tim Johnston. “It’s very nice of them to come to the city.”
The art of glass blowing dates back to about 3,500 years ago. It is one of the oldest forms of art.
To read more about this event, see additional photos, and see more of what is happening in the Town of Collierville, make sure to visit The Collierville Herald’s website. Information was provided for this article by Christina Morgan of The Collierville Herald.