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How Glassblowing is done | New Zealand | Lava Glass Taupo

How Glassblowing Is Done

Ever wondered how glassblowing is done? Find out at Lava Glass studio! Glassblowing is mesmerizing and seeing the glass artists at work is not an everyday experience. The glassblowing in our studio takes place every day from 9:30am – 4:30pm. Come and watch Lynden Over and our resident artists craft individual pieces of art – each different from the last.

Glassblowing Equipment

Lynden Over made all the kilns and furnaces in our glassblowing 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.

 

Glassblowing 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.