Glass blowing is an ancient art, seeming from the first attempts to form glass from silica.
The glassblower’s furnace on the Eastside Culture Crawl in Vancouver, BC. Close-up of a piece of art glass being heated in a the very hot furnace above. The Chemistry Department at UBC where I worked for many years had its own glassblower; someone to make all the beakers and experimental apparatus needed for custom experiments. This glass beaker glowing from within is part of a glass exhibit in the Netherlands Architecture Institute (Het Nieuwe Instituut) in Rotterdam, Holland.Back-lit blue vase in the window of a museum displaying glassware in Puebla, Mexico.Delicate hand-blown wine glasses in the Design Museum in Copenhagen, Denmark. I think this iridescent glass vase in the Portland Art Museum, USA is from the 1920s, but it has the same iridescent qualities of ancient Roman glass found in an archaeological dig I was working on. Hand-blown glass vases in a craft shop in Ruthin, Wales. Chihuly’s large blown-glass sculptures are famous around the world. This one, called ‘Fiori di Como’, forms the ceiling of the Bellagio’s lobby in Las Vegas, USA.
an amazing art form
Beautiful to watch them doing blowing the glass and the art that results is equally beautiful – even the chemistry apparatus has a beauty to it…
Have you been to the Chihuly in St. Petersburg Florida? That is the first time I saw what an exhibit really was! They also have classes to watch and classes to take. I would love to try.
Chihuly gets around – it would be a fun pilgrimage to go and see all his work around the world! I’m a bit scared of all that fire and hot glass so it’s not something I’m going to try any time soon but it’s absolutely mesmerizing to watch someone else do it!
I have always loved to watch glass blowing. Thanks for the photos