The Tacoma Glass Museum contains a 'HOT SHOP' where glass is blown.
Entry to the museum includes the HOT SHOP.
|The boss ....|
|This is the product they will make below.|
|There are several ovens, tables and equipment in a large area. The public can watch from arena seating or a cat walk above.|
|They start with a pole dipped in molten glass and turn it on a table to shape it.|
|It goes back and forth from the oven dozens of time.|
|Shaping continues with wet newspaper and a cast iron pan|
|Calipers measure and shape. |
Wooden paddles help support the weight and shape.
|The blow torch shapes and heats to allow cutting.|
|A second pole is added to the bottom (not shown), |
the first pole is is cut off and
the second pole is then used to support the glass object.
|What will be the top is now pinched off, cut with calipers and flattened with the paddle.|
Click on the arrow below the video for a few seconds of live action!
|It is smoothed on the outside to ensure it is level and the top is smoothed and flared a little.|