The Glassworks

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Previously the Reclamation Centre was the only special not as a garage - with the petrol pumps as rusting collectables. The garage model is used here as this theme needs large premises. The pumps are now gas cylinders powering furnaces!

 The molten crucible of glass is inflated with air via a blowpipe. An elastic skin forms inside matching the cooling exterior. While one is blowing - turning or swinging the pipe - and or temperature control helps to create the desired shape.

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Hazle Ceramics
The Glassworks
Numbered After Event
on Birmingham Garage
with added 22ct gold

 Three furnaces are used. Above, the first is named “the furnace” - with a molten glass “crucible”. A cooler “glory hole” reheats glass being worked. A third “annealer” slowly cools glass to prevent cracks from thermal stress.

Retiring model

About Glass
Limited source natural glass such as obsidian was used for Stone Age sharp tools and much traded. Early true glass was made from soda ash in Egypt and Asia in 3000 BCE, initially as beads. Glassblowing was invented in Phoenicia in 50 BCE for fine glassware. Blown glass art began in Toledo in 1962. The studio here was founded in 1963 - during that early era. The studio glass movement remains very popular today.

2009 Cyber Ceramic

UK/Europe £79.50
Rest of World £69.13

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 Left: The Stella Artois trophy created at Barleylands above for the annual London tennis event at Queen’s Club. Right: blown glass bowl.

 Formed in 1935, Calor Gas is a UK supplier of LPG or Liquefied Petroleum Gas in cylinders and tanks. It is often used in remote, rural areas.