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Importance of Listening | Glass Sculpture

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Importance of Listening | Glass Sculpture

Creating a successful glass sculpture installation project involves many aspects. However, the importance of listening should not be forgotten. Working One on One We enjoy working one on one with residential customers and glass collectors. We appreciate knowing that someone wants to include our work in their lives. Sometimes customers contact us knowing exactly which pieces or groups of work they want. Many times, however, a customer’s needs may not be so clear. In other words, they are interested in our work, but are not sure what will work best for them. This is when...

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Shipping Art Glass Sculpture

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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 experience in shipping hand blown art glass all over the...

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Glass Blowing – blocking and papering hot glass

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Glass Blowing – blocking and papering hot glass

A short video clip of Bernard Katz with his glass blowing team blocking and papering a hot gather of glass. This is the final gather of glass for a custom glass sculpture. The video clip was taken during one very hot humid day in August.  When glass blowing wet wooden blocks and wet folded newspaper is used to shape hot gathers of glass. The hot glass is actually riding on a thin layer of steam between either the wet wooden block or wet newspaper. The blow pipe has to be constantly turning when riding on this layer of steam. If the blow pipe stops turning while in contact with the wooden...

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Glass Blowing – marving hot glass sculpture

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Glass Blowing – marving hot glass sculpture

A short video clip of Bernard Katz glass blowing shaping a hot glass sculpture on a marver table. This video clip shows Bernard Katz marving hot glass on the marver table to chill and shape areas of the glass piece in progress. The thick steel table is called a “marver”. A marver table is an essential piece of equipment in any glass studio. The cold steel table pulls heat from the hot glass. This allows the glass blower to chill certain areas of a glass piece while shaping the form. You can see Bernard’ s finger tips rolling the blow pipe to shape the glass form. This...

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Glass Blowing – necking glass with jacks

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Glass Blowing – necking glass with jacks

A short video clip of Bernard Katz and his glass blowing team working on a custom glass sculpture. This video clip shows the glass blowing team necking glass during the blowing process. Using a glass blowing tool called “jacks”, Bernard is creating a “neck line” in the glass sculpture. This is important because when the piece is eventually transferred to the punti from the blow pipe, this creates a break point in the glass piece. If this were a traditional vase, the break point would become the top of the vase or opening. In the video you can hear a little...

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