A video tutorial on the skills and processes of Glass Blowing

Although there is a great deal of information available on the ‘net about glass blowing,  there is very little which delves into the fundamental skills required to blow glass successfully; basics such as gathering the glass onto the blowing iron, preparing the parison so that it blows out straight, or guidance toward achieving the elementary forms of glass-blowing.

I was fortunate to learn these skills from industry professionals with generations of experience behind them and as I approach the twilight of my career, I feel it is time to pass  them on.

 In ‘Morrell’s Guide to Glass Blowing’, I demonstrate and explain the basic skills which have sustained me through forty years of professional glass blowing. During this time I have trained many glassblowers who have gone on to successful careers in both the studio and industry, thus I am very familiar with the many issues  experienced when trying to bend the molten glass to our will.

The focus of the video is to impart an understanding of what the molten glass requires from the glass blower in order to achieve the forms we are looking for. Working through some 16 different demonstrations, we learn how to make bowls, bottles, platters, cups, stoppers and many other forms. We explore mould blowing, casting on stems, feet and handles, adding colour, even working through to  more esoteric, even ‘impossible’ forms.

‘Morrell’s Guide to Glass Blowing’ is available on Vimeo for a small fee (maybe 10% of the cost of a weekend workshop) which is, I regret, necessary to cover the costs of production.

Whilst the guide is suitable for beginners,  I believe many more experienced glass blowers will find something useful to their practice. If you learn something which saves just one piece from the bin, the cost will be more than justified.

This link will take you to a preview  with an option to purchase 12 months access to the main tutorial through Vimeo on Demand:        Morrell’s Guide to Glass Blowing – preview

Also, you can access an extract from Morrell’s Guide through this link, which is  free to view and gives a good idea of what to expect from the main tutorial:       Morrell’s Guide – Bottles 

I hope you enjoy them. Feedback is welcomed

All the best, Richard B. Morrell