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Glasswork by David Salganicoff

I had the opportunity of visiting The University of the Arts to take a glasswork class. This was an incredible experience and I learned a lot about the ins and outs of working with the material.  We learned two different methods, cold and hot.  You would expect being next to a 2500 degree furnace filled with 600 pounds of molten glass would be intimidating.  You would be right at first, but as I worked, I became more comfortable in my surroundings and made a fairly cool piece with a blue and gold swirl that resembles a flame in the middle.

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The way we worked with the hot glass was much different from anything I had done before.  First we drew glass from a huge glass furnace with a metal rod.  Then we heated it a bit more in another furnace to get a sturdier hold with the rod.  Then we added color with a fine dust made of other pre colored crushed glass.  Next, we used a wood block to form it into a ball.  To remove it from the rod we scored it where the glass meets the rod till it was very thin, and we hit the rod with a solid object.  The vibrations from the rod caused the object to break off.  The objects needed to temper in a kiln for a week.

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Cold glass works much like metals.  You cut glass pieces by scoring lines and breaking along them.  Then you sand the edges and arrange them onto a pattern.  After you put every piece in place, it goes into a kiln to melt into a solid object.

Ben De Meo