On the Art of Glassblowing

Let me introduce you to glassblowing, a craft that has been popular for quite some time now.

Glassblowing has been used since the ancient times, but it has recently become more available to the public. Though modernization has made it more available, it still uses the same old tools and processes from ancient periods.

Molten glass is still blown to a bubble using a blowpipe. As you blow more air into the bubble, it grows and becomes hollow. As easy it may sound, you actually have to master many factors to glassblow, such as movement and tools. You can also reheat your glass as many times as you need, in case you want to remold it.

How hot is hot for you to melt glass? You actually need to use heat approximately, 2400-2900 degrees Fahrenheit! Afterwards, your glass needs to be placed in an annealing oven for proper cool down and destressing.

Glassblowing’s origins

Glassblowing origins aren’t really clear, since it remained a guarded secret many years ago. People that lived before the Romans were actually creating glass vessels already, but blowing was not yet discovered. Glassblowing was known to start heavily in Venice, where a monopoly of blowers united in Murano Island. Glassblowing is actually pretty significant. Did you know that it contributed to the invention of the light bulbs we have now?

How it became popular

We have plenty of talented artists to thank for making glassblowing today popular. Let me list to you some of these great people:

Lino Tagliapietra

Lino was the pioneer for this industry. Lino has developed techniques that are now seen as the norm. You can see Lino’s works and designs scattered throughout museums worldwide!

Ginny Ruffner

Ginny’s glass sculptures have inspired torchworked art worldwide. You can find Ginny’s works in huge permanent museums around the globe!

William Morris

His works have made glass sculptures seem like real people.

Rick Satava

His most popular works include jellyfish glass sculptures. Collectors all over seek to own his art. You can even see his work in the “Guardians of the Galaxy”!

Hopefully I have given you a deeper appreciation of this unique craft. Cheers!

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