There’s a reason a glassblowing studio is also called a hot shop. The glass is hot, the tools can get hot and, well, so do you.
The heat may just be the first thing you experience when walking inside. But, it’s not the only thing happening.
And then there’s the water. It’s helping to cool your pipes, keep your shaping tools (blocks and paper) in order and chill/shock the glass (or your hand!) at just the right point. Often cold to the touch, it’s quick to bubble and boil. Or just steam, steam away.
Check out this little video to see and hear for yourself. And remember, when in the hot shop, it might not be okay to touch.
This is the latest in a series of posts showing the behind the scenes of what it takes to make something by hand. Explore other posts in the series. Questions about the tools or process? Let me know in the comments!