Monday, July 09, 2007

Blown Glass Hummingbird Feeders

The dance that is Glassblowing involves elements of passion, fluidity, drama, spontaneity, choreography, temperature and timing all working together. The hot glass seems to have a life of it's own: creating a piece to completion is an immensely rewarding experience bounded by a narrow time window as the glass cools.

Fine crystal batch is melted in a furnace at 2300 degrees F, gathered on a metal blowpipe and rich colors are added and transformed into unique patterns. Then it is mouth-blown and shaped free-hand without molds using gravity, centrifugal force and hand tools at the bench. When the piece is formed to the David Kendall's specifications, it is then annealed (slowly cooled) which makes the glass durable. The hummingbird feeders are beautiful yet functional.