Glass Art Is Molten Sculpture

Glass art is using molten glass as medium to create art. Glass has been around for millions of years.  About 6,000 years ago they started to refine, create different types of glass that could be manipulated into vessels and many other forms. There are glass pieces that some people find so desirable that they are still in demand. The value of glass comes from clarity and purity of color.

 Glass art brings quality and consistency

Imagine how excited these craftsmen were to find out that they could use this material to create fine china and great works of glass art. Fine crystal glass wear is a beautiful work of useful art. Molten glass is heated to 1600 degrees and then it is blown, pulled and pressed into molds. One of the best examples of creative consistent glass art is in Waterford Ireland. These two brothers, William and George Penrose had a vision to create the finest quality of crystal glass wear and beautiful objects for the home. They opened the first glass factory in Waterford Ireland in 1783.

Glass art on a personal note

I love crystal and fine pieces of art and I love visiting studios and factories. It fascinates me to watch these artist work. The clarity, color and detail on some of these pieces from The House Waterford Crystal are so beautiful. I just had to bring you some of the photographs I took while we were visiting the UK.

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A working clock in glass is in the entry of the factory.

 

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Wooden molds shape the glass.

 

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One of the Glass blowers having fun with a tourist and their chicken.

 

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Keeping the molten moving until they have the desired shape is a mastered skill.

 

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Takes years to master the skills to cut crystal. There is no room for mistakes.

 

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Glass art etching is a skill these artist have to master to create such excellent pieces of work.

 

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This artist is working on where the cuts will accent the crystal in the light showing it off.

 

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Waterford Crystal designs

 

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Finished pieces for inspection.

 

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Piano in crystal

 

 

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The Harp beautiful and life size.

 

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Vessel in all shapes and sizes.

 

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Waterford Crystal Stem glass wear and gifts.

 

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Colt with ammo just because they can.

 

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Etched on top of cut crystal.

 

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Trophies are a specialty created here.

 

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Table is set with the most current cut crystal patterns.

 

This is just one example of artists taking molten glass and turning it into glass art.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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