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Our blog for inspirations, insights, and tips on glass and art

Our blog is where Bernard writes about his influences, inspiration, and tips about glass and art. He writes about the creative process in making glass sculpture. His articles touch on various aspects of creativity and art. Along the way, Bernard answers many questions he has encountered as an artist, sculptor, and glass blower.

Cleaning Glass Artwork

Posted by on Jul 28, 2013 in our blog, video | Comments Off

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...

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Repairing Glass Tips

Posted by on May 30, 2013 in our blog | 2 comments

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...

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Potato in Glass

Posted by on Apr 9, 2013 in our blog, video | 10 comments

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...

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Making Glass Wall Sculpture Installation

Posted by on Mar 6, 2013 in our blog, video | 4 comments

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...

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Custom Hand Blown Glass

Posted by on Jan 2, 2013 in our blog | Comments Off

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...

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Shipping Art Glass Sculpture

Posted by on Oct 17, 2012 in our blog, video | Comments Off

Shipping Art Glass Sculpture

Packaging and shipping hand blown art glass sculpture may seem like an afterthought to some. However, making sure your art work has arrived unbroken does take some special care. We are often asked by customers about how we will ship their newly acquired glass sculpture. They may express concern about possible damage during shipping… After all it is glass and glass can be fragile. Each piece we make has unique qualities in size and shape. This can make properly packing our work for shipping a challenge. Because we have years of...

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Autumn Foliage | Art Glass | Fall Colors

Posted by on Sep 26, 2012 in our blog | Comments Off

Autumn Foliage | Art Glass | Fall Colors

The Autumn Foliage Series of hand blown art glass was inspired by the fall colors found during autumn. Pennsylvania is a great place to be this time of year. As the fall season is approaching, I enjoy reflecting on this art glass work I created many years ago. I grew up and live in this part of the world. Living here, it’s not hard to take inspiration from the changing autumn foliage. In the autumn, the leaves of many trees found in Pennsylvania begin their colorful transformation. From dark reds and oranges to vibrant yellows, the...

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3 Ways To Tell If Glass Art Is Valuable

Posted by on Aug 21, 2012 in our blog | Comments Off

3 Ways To Tell If Glass Art Is Valuable

  Is Your Glass Art Valuable?   3 ways to tell if your glass art is valuable… there may be more ways, but most likely there are less. Attaching a value to art in general is very tricky. The price of art compared to its value can be very different. Things people collect, whether it is art, antiques, or something rare and unique, are generally valued at what someone is willing to pay. There are many factors involved in determining an object’s value.   Value Factors for Glass Art The following factors can help determine if...

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Why People Buy Art

Posted by on May 24, 2012 in our blog | 3 comments

Why People Buy Art

There are many reasons why people buy art. But for the collector who is passionate about art, one reason looms large. A collector always talks about the story or their “experience” of how they acquired a particular artwork. These stories range from visiting an artist’s studio to stumbling upon a hidden gallery while traveling. I watch and listen to collectors beam with emotion as they reminisce about how a particular artwork came into their lives… Sometimes never talking about the actual artwork. The artwork is...

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William Morris Glass Sculpture and Influence

Posted by on May 14, 2012 in our blog | 2 comments

William Morris Glass Sculpture and Influence

The glass sculpture by William Morris is usually the first thought I have when asked about which contemporary glass artists do I like. This is the type of question I could easily create a large list of artists and glass work. I could populate that list with glass blowers showcasing their technical skills and talent. I could include glass artists with a wonderful sense of aesthetic. I could “comb” through photos of amazing glass sculpture. I could even create categories based on functional and non-functional works in glass…...

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