How Glass Blowing Is Done
Ever wondered how glass blowing is done? Find out at Lava Glass studio! Glass blowing is mesmerizing and seeing the glass artists at work is not an everyday experience. The glass blowing in our studio takes place on a daily basis. Come and watch Lynden Over and our resident artists craft individual pieces of art – each different from the last.
Times Glass Blowing Takes Place at Lava Glass
The Glass Blowing Equipment
Lynden Over made all the kilns and furnaces in our glass blowing studio by himself. That way he ensured that the equipment suits his specific requirements. The furnace at Lava Glass has a capacity to hold 90 litres of molten glass.
Once a week we cook new clear glass to top up our glass supply. The pre-cooked glass is melted down over a period of 5 -6 hours then held at 1300 degrees Celsius for 13 hours to ensure the melt becomes the pure and clean body. This is necessary for a good batch of glass.
The Glass Blowing Process
Our furnace stays at a temperature of 1060 degrees Celsius all year round. It is never turned off unless maintenance on the pot (tank of glass) is required. Many art glass pieces are started off by gathering some clear glass out of the furnace. The glass is then being blown, sculptured and coloured.
Sometimes the artists also use special molts to give their work a certain structure. Every glass piece at Lava Glass is handcrafted, which makes them an individual piece of art.