Getting to play with glass the other week, I was reminded how important it is to explore outside your medium. Working with different materials means approaching things differently. There are different techniques that you use. Each material moves in a different way and you have to take its idiosyncrasies into consideration.
When you work with a new
material, at even the beginning level, it helps you approach your own work differently. You might figure out a different way of making something. You might even get new ideas about combining materials. Or you might just reappreciate the processes you use everyday.
What’s a great way to try out a new medium or technique? Take a workshop like those offered through the PA Guild of Craftsmen. Or look online for a tutorial. Or read a book or magazine. You never know what you might get out of it.