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COUNTRY CREATIONS
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WHEN IT COMESTO UNUSUAL BUSINESSnames,fewcould
beatTheGlassblobbery.RunbyhusbandandwifeteamDavid
andWendyPryce-Jones,theglassworkshopproducesanarray
ofglasssculptures,jewelleryandceramics.
WendyisaglassstainerandDavidaglassblower,alsoknown
asaglassmithor‘gaffer’.Itsanartthatdatesbackto50BCand
isatechniqueofformingglasswhichinvolvesinflatingtheglass
intoabubblewiththeaidofablowpipe.
Crucially,notonlyisithighlydecorative,italsohasmany
practicalapplicationsandithaseclipsedallotherwaysof
workingwithglass.
Country & Border LifecaughtupwithDavidandWendyat
theoldchurchthatisnowtheirworkshopinGlanrafonnear
Corwen,Gwynedd.
Q:Tellusaboutyourcraft...
A:I’maglassblowerwhospecializesincreatingglasssculptures
usinganakedflame.It’sreferredtoasbenchglassblowing,
lampworkorsomeevencallitrodmanipulation. Q:Wherecanyoufindthesetoolsandmaterials?
Learn more
A:Mostoftheequipmentcanbeboughtfrominternet
Q:Whenandhowdidyoustart?
•Glassblobbery,
companies.Beforeanyonestartstoworkwithglassinanopen
A:IwenttoartcollegeinStourbridge,westMidlands,which
Glanrafon,NrCorwen,
flametheymusthavetherightsafetyglasses.Ican’tstressthat
hadaglassdepartmentwhereIstudiedFineArt.Atthefinal
Gwynedd,NorthWales.
Tel:01490460440.
enough.YoucanrentoxygenandgascylindersfromAir
exhibitionattheendofthecourse,IwasaskedifI'dliketo
www.glassblobbery.com
ProductsorBOC.Beadmakerstendtouseoxygen
workinaglassstudioinDeeside,northWales.Iwaswiththat •Plowdenand concentrators.TheglasssuppliersPlowdenandThompsonin
firmforabouttenyears.Whenthefirmchangedandmoved,my
Thompson.Tel:01384
Stourbridgecantellyouwheretogetthisequipment.
wifeWendyandIdecidedtoopenourownstudio,whichishow
393398.
GlassblobberyatGlanrafonwasborn.
•AirProductsand
Chemicals.
Q:Whataboutthecosts?
www.airproducts.co.uk
A:It’shardtosay.Aslongasyouhavesafetyglasses,somesoda
Q:Whatmaterialsdoyouuse? glassandagaspaintstripperyoucouldstartmakingjewellery
A:WhenIwastrainingIusedabench-mountedcuttingtorch, onyourkitchentablefornotverymuchmoneyatall.However,
butnowIhaveahybrid-benchglassblowingtorch.Mostofthe ifyou'reseriousaboutworkingglassyoucouldhaveavery
toolsIuseareself-madeorfound.Unfortunately,there's basicworkshopinyourgardenshedfor£4,000.
equipmentyouhavetobuy,liketheburners,safetyglasses,kilns
forannealingandcolouringtheglass.There'salsotheglass Q:WherecanIlearnmore?
itself.Itendtouseborosilicateglass,butifyou'reusinga A:Theinternetisawonderfulresourceforlearningabout
blowtorch,youhavetousesodalimeglassbecauseofthelower glassblowing.IfyouGoogle"videobenchglassblowing"you’ll
temperature.What'smostimportant,however,istohavea beabletoseepeopleworking.PlowdenandThompsonalsorun
well-ventilatedworkingspaceandsolidworkbench. weekendcoursesinbeadmakingandsculpture.
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