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The Art of Glass - Hallway Gallery

May 23-July 8, 1999

T. D. Siegmund: Making Glass: A Photographic Essay

Molten glass on a blowpipe is rolled in colored glass chips,
which will produce the primary color of the blown form.

Molten glass on a blowpipe is rolled in colored glass chips.

Glassworking tools:
Gloves for handling hot glass during transfer from a blowpipe to an annealing oven.
An annealing oven is an electric kiln which slowly cools work to room temperature to prevent cracking.
Jacks for cutting glass on blowpipe to separate blown form from blowpipe.
Shears for manipulating and cutting hot glass.
Wooden Round Jacks for forming glass where a softer finish free of tool marks is desired.

Glassworking Tools

After being optic molded, the glass is reheated and made long by stretching using gravity.

glass is reheated

Glassworker closely inspects glass bubble
after blowing air through the blowpipe before continuing to work.

Glass Bubble

Jim Chalkley, glassworker, using a wooden blocking tool
that cools the surface of the glass bubble before blowing air into it.

Blocking Tool

Bottom of a piece being flame polished to remove sharp or
rough edges after being knocked off the punty rod.

Flame Polish

[Art of Glass Home ~ Ken Daley ~ Kent Ipsen ~ T.D. Siegmund ~ Student Gallery ]