"How do you do that?"

February 08, 2018

We are always pleased when customers are curious about how our fused glass is made. What’s sometimes quite difficult to gauge is the level of interest! We soon learnt not to launch into a detailed account of the processes when all that’s needed is a brief skim across the surface. Either way, it’s great to share our passion for the medium and, if we’re honest, show off a little!

All sorts of people ask all sorts of questions. They range from, “is this plastic?” (no, it isn’t,) through, “do you paint the colour on afterwards?” (no, we use coloured glass,) to “how do you squish it into shape?” (is ‘squishing’ even a word?!)

What’s common to most is a genuine desire to know more about the magical substance called glass. Having gauged the depth of detail that’s appropriate to the questioner, we happily chat about what we do - for as long as the enquirer seems to want to.

Sometimes, if we judge it would be appreciated, we invite customers into the workshop to see what goes on. Donning the necessary safety gear (safety glasses and aprons etc) they squeeze into our tiny workspace. A quick demonstration of glass-cutting can often elicit squeals of delight when people see just how ‘easy’ and ‘simple’ it is – even to cut wavy lines!

We tend not to labour the point about lengthy processes of design, planning, experimentation and – of course – failures. Quite often, however, this brief exposure to the properties of glass is enough to trigger a desire to ‘have a go’. Inevitably, reticence, expressed in the form of, “oh, but I’m not in the least bit ‘arty’,” is quickly overcome when the cutter encounters the glass.

The outcome? For the customer - an interesting and rewarding ‘rainy day’ activity to be enjoyed on their own, as a couple, or a small group. For us - the immense reward of knowing that we’ve passed on some of our passion for glass to someone who was inquisitive enough to ask the question… “How do you do that?!”

Here is a short video about the making of our lovely little ‘drop’ vessels. Why do we call them ‘drop’ vessels? Watch the video and you’ll see!

 

 

 




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