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John Riepma Creates...

 John Riepma, Gallery Uptown’s Blown Glass Artist, creates this Fishscale Vase.  

step by step glass blowing

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The Glass Shop

Keeping It Round

Gathering Glass

 Furnace with melted glass, reheat furnace, pipe warmer, and annealer in John’s studio  

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Gathering Glass

Keeping It Round

Gathering Glass

 Blowing a starter bubble in the first gather of glass; he will gather more glass and then melt in color  

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Keeping It Round

Keeping It Round

Keeping It Round

 Using a wet wooden block to keep the glass bubble round and centered on the blow pipe  

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Ribbing

Into the Fire

Marver Table

 John blows into a ribbed mold to set the lines within the design  

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Marver Table

Into the Fire

Marver Table

 Using the marver table to smooth the ribs before gathering more glass  

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Into the Fire

Into the Fire

Into the Fire

 John reheats the glass multiple times to enable continued shaping  

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Beginning Shape

Ready for the Punty Rod

Using Carbon Pad

 The design appears on the hot bubble  

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Using Carbon Pad

Ready for the Punty Rod

Using Carbon Pad

 John blows while using a carbon pad to shape the vase  

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Ready for the Punty Rod

Ready for the Punty Rod

Ready for the Punty Rod

 Using the jacks to ready the vase bottom for transfer to a punty rod  

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Creating the Top

Separating the Glass

Creating the Top

 Transferring from the blow pipe to a punty rod in order to create the vase top  

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Torching

Separating the Glass

Creating the Top

 Torching to keep the bottom hot; note the shape and small top opening  

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Separating the Glass

Separating the Glass

Separating the Glass

 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.