practiced by a skilled team.
Within our hot shops in Seattle, our glassblowers devote themselves to handcrafting each unique glassybaby, from sand to hand to heart. It looks like a dance with heat and light. Glassblowers step and dip, blow, spin, and roll the molten glass that will become a glassybaby. As you watch, you will notice how each glassblower plays a separate role in the dance.
Our Colors Define Us.
The vibrant color in every glassybaby comes from rods of concentrated colored glass called “color bars”. For every glassybaby color there is a corresponding color bar and for each bar a specific amount is needed to create the proper density of color. The amount of color per glassybaby is called a “color drop”. Very early in the morning these bars are loaded into a mini oven to get pre-heated to a temp of 1010 degrees or higher.
The process begins with the overlayer, who dips a
blowpipe into the 2300 degree furnace, spins it
around to gather clear glass and then blows a little
Meanwhile, the color dropper lifts up a molten bar of
colored glass and lets it droop over onto the
bubble. The overlayer snips off the "prescribed"
color drop and rolls it smooth around the bubble.
When the lip is smooth and right (never perfect),
the trimmer gently knocks the glass off of the rod,
and presses the glassybaby stamp on the bottom.
The final step is putting the hand-blown glassybaby
into the annealing ovens, which cools the
glassybaby very slowly to room temperature.
A glassybaby is Born
24 hours later, the glassybaby are as cool as they
are beautiful. They are now released from the oven
and into the world.