In The Studio
Glass blowing is the art of blowing air into gathers of hot, molten glass.
Glass is melted in a crucible at 2200º (F). A hollow steel blowpipe is dipped into the crucible to form a gather. Air is added to the glass and additional layers are gathered as the glass is worked and the shape is formed. The piece is transferred onto a steel rod called a punty . At this point the final shaping takes place. Once completed, the piece is placed into an annealer to slowly cool over the next 24 hours.