Rob Levin - Glass Blower
Hot Furnace with clear glass - he dips the blank rod in here first.
Just the start - a clear layer of glass.
Then a puff of air to start giving it some shape.
He has a furnace with 8 homemade colors in there at the ready. When it comes time he will then dip the rod in the purple.
He also uses these glass rods as accent colors for his glass.
The piece is beginning to take shape.
Back into the oven for a little more heating.
It is surprising how short the glass stays warm enough to be pliable.
This tool helps him shape the vessel.
He uses tongs to measure the width of the stem.
Graham (his assistant) stand ready with the cherry board to even the top.
Back into the furnace.
Evening the top.
Again, the furnace...
Graham puts the footer on the jar.
Rob perfects the inside lip.
Rob measures and re-measures the size of the stem.
Into the furnace again.
And again with the cherry board, evening the lip.
Rob uses a torch to reheat the base because it is ready to break off. This is how they prepare for a clean break.
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