As part of the Glass Week I am posting interviews and features, there will also be contributions from other galleries as part of this week, check them out here.
Today's Special is all about glassblowing.
What is glassblowing?
Glassblowing is the art of using a blowpipe to inflate molten glass to achieve a desired shape. This technique was invented by the Phoenecians approximately 50 BC and has spread all over the world. It is still being used in commercial and artisan work.
Molten glass is a thick liquid which can be inflated by blowing a small amount of air into it. Shapes can be achieved through different techniques, for example mold-blowing in which the molten glass blob is placed on a metal blowpipe and then inserted into a wood or metal mold. This way, the finished pieces are relatively uniform and largely independent of the specific skills o