A Glimpse of Glassblowing

A glimpse of what it’s like to blow glass

Traditionally, glassblowing is done in teams of two people or more.  There is the main glassblower called the gaffer.  The gaffer works at the bench rolling his or her blow pipe up and down the rails to shape the glass at the end of the pipe.  His or her assistants are there to help in any way they can.  They may blow in the pipe to inflate the glass piece, bring bits of molten glass to add to it, make and bring a punty to the gaffer in order to transfer the piece so they can open up the other end, or do other helpful things like shielding them from the scorching heat that radiates from the glass being shaped. The above video from You Tube demonstrates how a team can work together to create a beautiful spun out rondelle.

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We are a bilingual teaching and rental glassblowing studio where you can take courses that run for six weeks at a time. Glassblowing has essentially remained the same for hundreds of years.  Today, using these same techniques, we can explore new frontiers of what can be done with glass.  The Canadian contemporary studio glass art movement is young, just shy of 50 years.  As Canadians, we are just beginning to find our creative voice of expression.  Come and join us at the Capital Glass Co-op and let’s keep building on the Canadian glass art movement!