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Glass Blowing - An Ancient Fire Art

A Brief History Of Fire Art

              Glassblowing is the art of creating glass sculptures by manipulating molten glass. Glassblowing was first developed in the Middle East around 300 BC. Since then, glass-blown products have become indispensable to daily life, as well as to scientific innovation, and glassblowing has emerged as a major art form. There are two types of glassblowing: lamp-working, which is done with a blowtorch, and off-hand, which works glass on the end of a hollow tube.
The "studio glass movement" began in 1962 when Harvey Littleton, a ceramics professor, and Dominick Labino, a chemist and engineer, held two workshops at the Toledo Museum of Art, during which they started experimenting with melting glass in a small furnace and creating blown glass art. Thus Littleton and Labino are credited with being the first to make molten glass available to artists working in private studios. This approach to glassblowing blossomed into a worldwide movement, producing such flamboyant and prolific artists as Dale Chihuly, Dante Marioni, Fritz Driesbach and Marvin Lipofsky. In 1971, Dale Chihuly began the Pilchuck Glass School near Stanwood, Washington. The Pilchuck School of Glass became the source of a great deal of the current American Studio Glass movement, and continues as such today. Gianni Toso was among the first Murano-trained artists to visit Pilchuck and share Italian technique in the United States. Lino Tagliapietra is another top Murano master who visited Pilchuck in the 70s during the growth of the studio glass movement and eventually establishing a second home in Seattle. Lino is acknowleged as one of the top masters alive today and through his generosity and openness about advanced Italian glassworking techniques has made profound contributions the glass world and influenced a multitude of American artists in the process.
Glassblowing is a form of art that requires lengthy training and intense concentration. In addition to glassblowing as an art, many individuals pursue glassblowing as a hobby. In fact, it is one of the fastest growing hobbies in North America.
A local Glass Blower, located high in the desert of Tucson, Arizona is a very unique modern-day Glass Blowing company that goes by the name of Kine Glass. They offer a unique variety of assorted items all all created by a team of highly skilled professional Glass artist.I went to their website online at kline-glass.com ordered a few products myself a few days later I went in to pick them up. I figured the shop itself would be a very interesting place to just go and look around. And I was right there where so many beautifully designed pieces of glass of each shelf all beautiful in their own way. When I arrived the shop was a little crowded so I was able to window shop a little. I was approached very respectfully by a salesperson and told there be a small wait. I thanked her and continued to look at the pieces on display. . While I was there I got a chance to speak with the owner and I asked him what was the most important here at Kine Glass to both him and his team of artist. He answered without hesitation stating; " The single most important thing here at Kline Glass is by far our customer's satisfaction. We pride ourselves in satisfying the customer before, during and after the sale here at Kine Glass we prod ourselves on the great support we offer well after the purchase. We continue to provide our customers support on any of the items in our 16-Page (downloadable from the website). I also learned that they also take request for unique pieces as well as give them a call and let them make you something from your own creation.
Overall it turned out to be a very nice experience. The overall atmosphere was comfortable and the service was great. I came home and looked up a little about Glass Blowing as an Art and found this really nice video below that explains the art as well as the history of Glass Blowing. So take a quick look it's not too long and shows nice and clear.