They have a couple of gallery rooms where beautiful glass work was displayed. It was fun to wander around them and enjoy the handy work of our neighboring artists. They also have a huge, well equipped, well organized, and very clean studio.
|Heating the Glass|
|Shaping the Molten Glass|
|Transferring the Vessel|
|The Finish Piece|
It takes a lot of time to create a blown glass piece and surprisingly little of that is spent actually blowing into the tube that holds the glass. Much of it is preparing the hot glass, and shaping it. A glass blower also has to be very mindful of just how much time they have the glass out of the kiln as it becomes more likely that it will break the quicker it cools. As it becomes closer to the desired shape, and therefore thinner, the likely hood of breaking becomes greater and greater. One of the reasons I didn't get a good picture of this piece when it was finished was because I was too slow with the camera and the finished product has to go into a hot box to cool gradually as soon as it comes off the rod.
It was really fun to watch, I can see myself visiting there often.
You might want to head over to Mudcolony to see what other potters are doing.
Check out the gallery page - Future Relics Gallery by Lori Buff