I recently completed another one of my new year’s resolutions: I was an artist for about a half hour thanks to the Make Your Own glass program at the Banana Factory with instructor Beth Ann Ballek.

With a degree in fine arts and nine years experience in glass art, Beth certainly knew what she was doing and was very approachable. But I was still nervous because 1) I’m no artist and 2) there were three other people there – for some reason I thought this would be a solo venture.

Beth started by demonstrating everything that we would be doing to make our flowers. Then she said whoever’s birthday was closer to her's would go first. That was me, but I get stage fright when I’m not confident in my ability to do something, so I elected to go second.

Instead of me trying to explain the entire process and butchering the terminology, I found this YouTube video to show you the process instead. The main difference between my experience and this video is that while Beth was there to help me make the prettiest $30 glass flower the world has ever seen, I had more hands-on experience.

Here's another video that gives you a closer view of the actual pulling of the glass to create the flower. Again, I had assistance from Beth in doing this, but you get the idea.

This was a very positive experience for me, but I'm still no artist. So while I may go back to the Banana Factory as an observer, I don't foresee another class in my future. But at least I can say I did it once!