from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • 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.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 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.

from The 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.


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  • 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.

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  • Flameworking is the small kind of glassblowing, starting with tubes or rods of glass and bending them or melting them to create beautiful objects.

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  • Many other specialties, such as glassblowing, candy making, circus performing, and fireworks, are passed down through families.

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  • The machine shop was cut significantly several years ago, and Sandia did away with its specialized skills such as glassblowing and blacksmithing.


  • * (Editor's note: When I say "glassblowing", I am referring specifically to what is called "hot glass", rather than "flameworking".

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  • 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.

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  • The hardest to maintain were the glassblowing studios because of the costs.

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  • The initial stage involves consultation with a scientific glassblowing laboratory and the purchase of a label-making machine.

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  • 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).

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  • 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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