Thursday, May 19, 2011


No, not that kind of glory hole! I speak of the secondary furnace used in glassblowing to reheat the glass for forming and ensuring that it doesn’t break during handling.

The Wife, The Child, and TWT spent quite a bit of time watching the glassblowing students of Hilltop Artists create various vessels and containers in the hot shop of the Museum of Glass. That glory hole saw a lot of activity.

The photographic evidence...

(1) Reheating the "blob" of glass.

(2) Adding details.

(3) Additional flame and forming.

(4) Adding another feature.

(5) Giving shape to the glass.

(6) Heating the base.

(7) The iconic hot shop chimney.

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