THE ESSENTIAL GUIDE TO GLASS BLOWING
Whilst 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; basics such as gathering the glass onto the blowing iron, preparing the molten metal so that it blows out straight, or guidance toward achieving the basic forms of glass-blowing.
In an effort to fill this void, I have put together a video entitled ‘The Essential Guide to Glass Blowing’ in which I demonstrate and explain the basic skills which have sustained me through the last forty odd years. 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 issues which many neophytes experience when trying to bend the molten glass to their 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.
‘The Essential 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. To assuage the guilt of having to charge for this, I have also put up some short videos, ‘Glass Blowing Essential Skills’, which are freely available on Vimeo and YouTube’.
Links to these videos are here:
All the best, Richard B. Morrell
P.S. I believe you have to join Vimeo to access the videos, but basic membership is free. No worries!