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Glass blowing is a fascinating process to watch. The tools have hardly changed since the Roman era. There are too many different processes to illustrate the all but a few of the basic skills are shown here.

The following images show the 'graal' process. This process allows controlled coloured patternd to be incorporated into the glass & involves each work being blown twice! After the first time, it is cooled & then I then cut in the final design through multi-coloured layers of glass using a diamond lathe, diamond drills, diamond saw & sandblaster to create a unique design ready for the piece to be reheated & blown to its final size & shape.

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The Glass Furnace in IstanbulGlassblowing toolsPre heating pipes ready for blowingMelting the glass in the furnaceChris Blade at the glory holeOpening up a rim on a vaseTim Shaw & Chris Blade working on a pieceMaking colour overlays for graal blanksMaking colour overlays for graal blanksThe Jam Factory, Adelaide, AustraliaThe Jam Factory, Adelaide, AustraliaThe Jam Factory, Adelaide, AustraliaThe Jam Factory, Adelaide, AustraliaThe Jam Factory, Adelaide, AustraliaTim Shaw blowing my workBeth Newman working at the JamFactory, Adelaide