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Does Size Matter? – Glass Sculpture Size Perception

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Does Size Matter? – Glass Sculpture Size Perception

“Wow, it’s bigger than I expected!” I hear people say this all the time… They say this after seeing some of our glass sculptures in person for the first time. Why is the perception of an object’s size often different from the object’s ‘actual’ size, or ‘actual’ dimensions? Does size matter? I have some thoughts and tips to better visualize the actual size of an object.. Because size does matter. Glass sculpture size perception People can often be surprised by the actual size of our glass work. This is because they have only seen...

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Cleaning Glass Artwork

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Cleaning Glass Artwork

Cleaning glass artwork can be simple and straightforward. However, I have some tips to consider to help prevent possible damage while cleaning hand blown glass art.   Glass is Glass Not all glass is the same. There are many different types of glass. The types of glass can include window glass, optical glass, bottle glass, and even cookware glass… But my main focus for these tips will be for cleaning hand blown art glass. The video below shows these tips on cleaning glass artwork. What not to do: Dishwasher Abrasive cleaners Wearing jewelry Dishwasher Generally speaking, hand blown...

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Repairing Glass Tips

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Repairing Glass Tips

People contact us often about repairing glass. They figure since we make hand blown glass, repairing glass would be a simple thing for us to do. This might be true for certain types of repairs… However, most repairs are rarely simple and straightforward as people assume. Can’t you just melt it back together? Fixing broken glass by melting it back together may seem like a logical thing to do… But believe it or not, heating-up and melting back together glass is incredibly difficult if not impossible. There are too many complicated technical challenges for this type of repair....

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Potato in Glass

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Potato in Glass

Dipping a potato in a hot glass furnace may seem like an odd thing to do. This is actually an old glass factory trick. This little known trick helps with melting clean, bubble-free glass… And there is some actual science to back this up.   Melting a pot of glass We fill the glass furnace with the raw materials for glass, known as ‘Batch’. Here is a link for more information and a video about what is in our glass. The cycle for melting glass is known as charging… And putting batch into the furnace is known as – “throwing in a charge”. It...

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Making Glass Wall Sculpture Installation

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Making Glass Wall Sculpture Installation

The making of this contemporary art glass wall sculpture installation was a 4 month process. There were many steps involved from start to finish. A time lapse video at the bottom of this page shows some of the 4 month process. The Beginning We were contacted by Kate Sweeney, Founder of Perspective, an art advisory firm based in London, UK. The project was for the newly constructed building headquarters for the Endo Corporation located in Malvern, Pa. Kate felt we would be a good fit for this part of the project. Kate and the architects provided some initial ideas for a glass wall sculpture...

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Custom Hand Blown Glass

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Custom Hand Blown Glass

Custom hand blown glass is something we do. Creating custom work can be fun and interesting… And at times, the creative process for custom work can lead to other ideas to explore in our glass sculpture. There can be a lot of misconceptions in what is involved when making custom hand blown glass. People and clients sometimes say to me, “You blow glass so you should be able to make anything, right?” I usually respond, “Well yes… and no.” I like to think anything is possible. After all, we sent a man to the moon. Which brings me to one of the first...

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