The Art Of Glassblowing Requires More Teamwork Than You Might Imagine
Apr 9, 2015
The raw materials of glass transform at a temperature of around 2,400 F (1,320 C), at which point it is left in this molten state to allow all the air bubbles to rise out of the liquid. The working temperature is then reduced to around 2,000 F (1,090 C), where the glass appears to be glowing orange.
Glassblowing dates back to the earliest days of the Roman Empire, and the Romans helped elevate it to the art form that it is today. In the modern era, glassblowing was revitalized by Harvey Littleton and Dominick Labino. In 1962, they began heating glass in small furnaces that could fit inside of an artist's studio. This allowed glassblowing to blossom into a worldwide movement. As this video shows, the tradition is still going strong.