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John Riepma, Gallery Uptown’s Blown Glass Artist, creates this Fishscale Vase.
Furnace with melted glass, reheat furnace, pipe warmer, and annealer in John’s studio
Blowing a starter bubble in the first gather of glass; he will gather more glass and then melt in color
Using a wet wooden block to keep the glass bubble round and centered on the blow pipe
John blows into a ribbed mold to set the lines within the design
Using the marver table to smooth the ribs before gathering more glass
John reheats the glass multiple times to enable continued shaping
The design appears on the hot bubble
John blows while using a carbon pad to shape the vase
Using the jacks to ready the vase bottom for transfer to a punty rod
Transferring from the blow pipe to a punty rod in order to create the vase top
Torching to keep the bottom hot; note the shape and small top opening
Drops of water create fine cracks to separate the piece from the rod: the blown glass is then placed in the annealing oven.
Enjoy this clip of John Riepma creating a Swirl Vase in his glass shop.