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A typical hot glass studio!
glory hole Friendly Fire Glass Studio
P.O. Box 68422
Schaumburg, Il. 60168

(630) 632-7051

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Even though all studios are completely different, there are several pieces of equipment found in every hot glass shop.


Click on the name for a picture of the item.
Annealer:
If a hot glass object is allowed to cool too quickly, it will break. Annealing, or slow cooling is an important part of glass blowing.
Furnace:
A typical furnace is generally kept at a temperature of around 2100 degrees F. The molten glass, or batch is kept in this state 24hrs. a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year!
Blow Pipe:
A iron or steel tube, usually about 5 ft. long, in which the artist uses to inflate the glob of molten glass on the other end in order to shape the glass into the desired design.
Gaffer:
The artist in charge of the glass blowing process and team. Most often the person sitting on the bench and handling the pipe.
Glory Hole:
Glory Holes are another type of furnace that is used solely for the purpose of reheating the glass on the end of the blow pipe so that it can be shaped and decorated.
Garage:
A temporary furnace that has many uses, mainly used to keep glass hot if the piece has multiple parts.
Pipe Warmer:
A piece of equipment used to heat the blow pipe to allow the gaffer to gather glass on to it.
Marver:
A flat metal table top a glass blower will often use to roll the glass glob on to smooth out the surface or to incorporate applied decorations.
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