Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The process of making glassware and window-glass by taking a mass of viscid glass from the melting-pot on the end of a blowing-tube and inflating it by blowing through the tube. For common window-glass the hot blown mass is extended into a long cylinder by swinging a bulb of hot glass from a bridge on which the workman stands. It is then cut open and flattened out in the flattening-furnace. For fine window-glass the bulb of blown glass is cut open and whirled round in the flashing-furnace till it flashes, or opens into a flat disk with a bull's-eye in the center. A small quantity of glass is also put into molds, and then expanded by blowing till it fills the molds. Blown glass is also cut and shaped while hot, and decorated, twisted, and united with other pieces of glass in many different ways. The term glass-blowing is also applied, though incorrectly, to the making of spun glass and filigree-glass by melting and molding rods of soft Bohemian glass in the flame of a blowpipe. Toys and ware made in this way are not properly called
blown glass, but filigree-glass.
- n. The art of making objects from molten glass, especially by manipulating a lump of molten glass on the end of a tube whilst blowing into it.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. The art and process of creating glass objects, by shaping glass when reduced by heat to a viscid state, using various manipulations with the hands, especially by inflating it by blowing through a tube. The process is used to manufacture a wide variety of useful and ornamental objects. The manufacture of simple glass objects has been automated, but complex glass objects are still made by the traditional hand processes.
“Thanks to such prominent artists as Archimede Seguso, Ludovico and Laura De Santillana, Tobia Scarpa, Ercole Barovier, Fulvio Bianconi, Toni Zuccheri, Romano Chrivi, Giampaolo Martinuzzi, and Alfredo Barbini, Murano again became known as the glassblowing capital of the world.”
“Flameworking is the small kind of glassblowing, starting with tubes or rods of glass and bending them or melting them to create beautiful objects.”
“Many other specialties, such as glassblowing, candy making, circus performing, and fireworks, are passed down through families.”
“* (Editor's note: When I say "glassblowing", I am referring specifically to what is called "hot glass", rather than "flameworking".”
“Chang got into cooking originally, he says, because it seemed like “the last honorable profession,” a job like shoemaking or glassblowing where quality and craftsmanship mattered.”
“The hardest to maintain were the glassblowing studios because of the costs.”
“The initial stage involves consultation with a scientific glassblowing laboratory and the purchase of a label-making machine.”
“Yes, technology advances even as empires collapse and standards of living decline (q.v.: the use of water mills, glassblowing, weaving on looms, and soap all expanded dramatically during the reign of Constantine and his sons, when, overall, life for most Roman citizens was getting worse).”
“Whether he is fascinated by techniques of glassblowing or the use of perpetual motion, part of Trimpin's genius comes from transforming junk into giant pieces of art that can produce acoustic music.”
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