Day 116 : glassblowing


The technique of glassblowing, inflating molten glass using a blowpipe, was created in the 50 BCE. There are two methods for blowing glass – free-blowing and mold-blowing. The later is used to produce mass quantities where with the former technique, unique, custom pieces – drinking glasses, window glass, vases, art – are made.

Dale Chihuly’s free-blowing glass are lively, colorful, playful, and beautiful. A documentary about him showed the difficulty of producing his large pieces and the experience it takes to get them precisely how he’s envisioned them. It seems like it takes a keen sense of timing and a lot of muscle to keep the hot glass from breaking. But one can do it just as well left or right handed.

Sandy’s year long journey – going from being a right-hander to left-hander, and Kelly’s parallel trip as a left-hander doing things as a right-hander.


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