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The Glass Works

Introduction
The garage model is used here as this theme needs big premises. Petrol pumps are now gas cylinders to power furnaces! Previously The Reclamation Centre was the only special not as a garage, with pumps as rusting collectables!

The molten crucible of glass is inflated with air via a blowpipe. An elastic skin forms inside matching the cooling exterior. While one is blowing, turning or swinging the pipe, and/or temperature control helps to create the desired shape.

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Hazle Ceramics
The Glass Works
Limited Painting of 30
on Birmingham Garage
With added 22ct gold

Three furnaces are used. Above, the first is named “the furnace” - with a molten glass “crucible”. A cooler “glory hole” reheats glass being worked. A third “annealer” slowly cools glass to prevent cracks from thermal stress.

2009 Cyber Ceramic
based on a studio not far from
Hazle’s Workshop at Barleylands

About Glass
Limited source natural glass such as obsidian was used for sharp tools in the Stone Age and was much traded. Early true glass was made from soda ash in Egypt and Asia in 3000 BCE, initially just as beads. Glassblowing was invented in Phoenicia in 50 BCE for fine glassware. Blown glass art began in Toledo in 1962. The studio shown here was founded in 1963 during the early era of studio glass, a movement that still remains very popular today.

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 Left: The Stella Artois trophy created at Barleylands above for the annual London tennis event at Queen’s Club. Right: blown glass bowl.

 Formed in 1935, Calor Gas is a UK supplier of LPG or Liquefied Petroleum Gas in cylinders and tanks. It is often used in remote, rural areas.

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