At Rhythms Artglass Linda Westrom and Claude Duperron create meaningful works of art using hand-blown hot glass. Using their own glass formula since 1981, they have developed many original ArtSeries.
This is a picture of our studio door.
This is the appliance we use to reheat the work as we are creating. The gloryhole runs hotter than the furnace so the gather of molten glass can be reheated quickly. This is the colour of heat! We do not know why it is called the 'gloryhole'. We built all of our own equipment...this is a barrel that was lined with fiberfax (a high heat fibre batting). Then we cast a high temperature refractory on the inside.
This is a shot of our booth at the Circle Craft Christmas Market 2010!
When we first moved to the Island we found this beautiful piece of driftwood that made the perfect bench. The tools we use are all made of stainless steel so they can take the heat. The 'jacks' are waxed with beeswax to keep them from scratching the glass. This must be kept clean and fresh to prevent marking. The wet newspaper is used to selectively cool and shape the molten glass. There is 5-15 seconds to affect the change, then you must return to the gloryhole for a reheat. One pail holds some fruitwood 'blocks' and 'paddles' to shape with.