International Class Blown Glass

Glass Blowing by John Phillips

Glass Blowing John Phillips creates interesting and sometimes spontaneous combinations to decorate the glass birds, jugs, apples, oil lamps, perfume bottles, bowls and Objet d'Art forming exquisite gifts for many occasions.

In his workshop, where roaring kilns belch waves of heat, he softens a ball of glass which he has impregnated with `frits' and pressed onto the end of a hollow pipe, blows carefully into the other end of the pipe while twirling it with his fingers, presses the ball between two water-soaked pads and thrusts it back into the 2,200 degree Fahrenheit fire until it assumes the desired shape.

Next, an assistant rolls a small dollop of molten glass on top of more frits and hands it to John, who plants it on the flattened ball, snips off the end, and quickly shapes the remainder.

Article written by Robin Brunet