Friday, June 29, 2012

Here, Seattle glassblower Eric Anderson heats the base of the vessel at the point where it is attached to the punty. He and his assistant Myles Freedman will coordinate to create a clean break in the glass, at which point Myles will catch the piece in his glove-protected hands and place it in the annealing kiln.

The glass will be brought back to room temperature at a very gradual rate. As in all stages of this process, the removal of the glass from the punty calls for incredible expertise and knowledge of the properties of glass.

Eric and Myles successfully removed the glass, and now it is just time to wait! I am in awe of the way my flat fused glass panel was so beautifully transformed by Eric, Myles, and Make Aparicio.
 So, here are photos of the new vase, and a shot of its new owners, Ron Scott and Gabe Bianco.

I am thrilled with it, and send a huge thank you to Eric and his glassblowing crew.

One of the vagaries of working with glass is that sometimes, bad things happen, through nobody's fault. This piece cracked in the annealing kiln. The crack is not visible in these photos. The vase is still intact, but I am now in the process of creating a sister-fused glass panel, which, if I am lucky, will be transformed again by Eric and his trusty crew.

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