Monday, November 03, 2008

Gatherhouse Glass: The Process

This series of still photos shows the basic process for creating a piece of glass artwork.

1) Extract some molten glass from the furnace on the end of a hollow metal pole.

2) Keep the glass warm and maneuverable by transferring it to the glory hole.

3) Turn, turn, turn! Always keep the piece moving, even while it's warming in the glory hole.

4) After blowing the bubble into the center of the solid mass of glass, heat is needed to keep the piece malleable. A hand torch comes in handy!

5) Repeat steps 2, 3, and 4 many times.

6) The piece is getting bigger!

7) Unfortunately, there is no picture of the finished product. You'll have to watch the video to see that.

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