Tuesday, 26 August 2014

A Song of Glass and Heat

Hello, I would like, to share my thanks for those, who have viewed my blog.

I have another, antidote I want to share from my trip to Bristol. I was, approximately, five minutes walk  from the hotel I was staying in from  The Original Bristol Blue Glass Factory, so I went in  for a visit. I entered into the factory shop and looked around at the different items for sale.

All the staff were very friendly and helpful. I browsed around the shop, and was offered the opportunity to observe, how the glass was made. 

I went into the work area, and the first thing,  I was struck by was the immense heat from the furnaces. What surprised me, was high level of skill required and the short amount of time it took to make the glass items. Also the amount of concentration required, along with the high level of dexterity the workers had to mold the glass and the effective team work.  I don't think I could explain what I saw effectively , however, I found a video by the company demonstrating some of the techniques used.

After, observing the demonstration I left the factory area and saw a fantastic blue dragon. Unfortunately, it was out my budget when I inquired about the price. I was told it one off commissioned piece and only three had ever been made due to the complexity and labor required for it. The creator of the sculpture went on further, to explain during the construction process, not all of the pieces are made successfully and have to be discarded. However, he was gracious enough to let me take a photograph of him with the dragon, which was an fantastic piece of unique art. 

The creator with the dragon 
In the near future, I will commission one of these dragons, it's so beautiful. I have always loved dragons since being little.

If anyone is interested, here is a link to the The Original Bristol Blue Glass Factory website  w 

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