Ranging from our chairs to the basic cutlery and carvings, we all love to have beautiful works of art around our homes, and glassblowers have not been left behind. Good pleasure comes about with the environment in which one dwells, and the specific design of glassware they are using. With the passing of time, technology has come out with varying types of glasswork to befit specific user desires. One can have their glass tailored specifically to fit their desires, and this is what is making glassblowing a hub full of varying arts of glass designs. Glass blower manufacture entails a very sophisticated process, and this article seeks to unveil some of the processes that these amazing artists do to come up with amazing work of art.
How are Glass Blowers made?
The following is the detailed procedure followed in the manufacture of artistic glassblowers:
Firstly, it should be considered that manufacturing of authentic glassblowers requires a lot of heat. The initial process begins in a furnace where glass is melted with temperatures above 1000â° F. The work of the artists in this situation is to keep rolling the molten glass in the furnace to give it the cylindrical shape most of the glass blowers exhibit. This process should be kept continuous for a long period without losing an iota of the heat’s power, as it would affect the outcome of the glassware.
2. Coloring of the glass
You must have noted that all these glassblowers come with different colors and this takes quite an effort from the artist. It might seem quite a complicated affair to incorporate various colors to come about with an amazing pattern, but experienced artists have made a way to maneuver and come up with amazing designs. There are various forms of colored glasses that are embedded onto the glassblower to give it the desired color. Once the glassblower is maximally heated, the artist then rolls the cylinder upon the powder giving it the desired color design. Finally, the artist takes the glassblower back to what is called the Glory Hole to infiltrate the color into the glassware. The shape, however, should not be disturbed in this all process as it would render the whole process useless at the end of the day.
3. Continuous rolling on a steel surface
The glassblower is eventually taken out on a firm steel surface where the artist keeps rolling with one hand while the other hand helps to shape the cylinder using things like wet newspaper. At this stage, the artist has the option to shape the glassblower as they desire: round, oval or even make it look like a bowl. This process is repeatedly done, and depending on the artist’s desire, color can still be added at this stage.