Thursday, September 11, 2003
Living It Up: Glass Blowing
Get out your sunglasses. Living It Up is so hot it's glowing. Tonight, Jackie Johnson's firing up the furnace-- and getting a lesson in the ancient art of glassblowing.
(WSVN) -- Jackie: "We are Living It Up on fire today in triple degree heat, we're learning the art of glassblowing. You want to make some pretty art with us? Well, come join the fun."
Jackie: "So, Jim, what got you into the profession of glassblowing? It's kind of a unique profession, why do you have such a passion for it?"
Jim: "The challenges, the immediate reward, the excitement that accompanies it, and also the physical exertion that goes along with it."
Jackie: "So, obviously, the temperatures have to be extremely warm. How hot are the temperatures?"
Jim: "The furnace is currently at 2050 degrees."
Jackie: "How do you work with the colors on the glass?"
Jim: "The colors are all added on in layers. We can enjoy the freedoms that painters do, we have a full palate of colors to choose from."
Jackie: "So what are you guys doing right now?"
Jim: "We are getting ready to do a color overlay, this is the primary bubble, this vessel, the main color is this blue that I'm applying here."
Jackie: "Now what are you doing here?"
Jim: "We are just peeling the banana here, we're just rolling the color onto the surface."
Jim: "You are dipping quite a few times in the furnace, and every time you dip over some glass, you get more glass to work with."
Jackie: "So he just told me that some students actually put sunscreen on because they can get a heat rash from the heat, I think I am, I think I need to go apply some sunscreen."
Jackie: "So this sort of shapes it right?"
Jim: "Yeah cools and shapes."
Jackie: "How hard was that to blow?"
Jim: "There's limitations, it can only go so far, so you try to blow hard to get a good defined edge."
Jackie: "Wow, beautiful. Wow, that is amazing."
Jackie: "This is pretty cool, I'm making my own dish."
Jackie: "Well it's definitely been a unique experience glass blowing in Fort Lauderdale. Big thanks to the Crystal Vision Studios."
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