Glassblowing is a remarkable skill that the artists at Flo Glassblowing have mastered. Flo Glassblowing was co-founded by Melody Jewitt and Browen McKnight just over five years ago. They wanted to create a studio that not only displayed their art, but taught people how to make it themselves. They began to create unique and beautiful pieces of art, while also teaching courses on how to make the items to anyone who wanted to learn.
We joined the team at Flo Glassblowing to see how they make one of their most popular designs - especially for the fall: Glass Pumpkins!
They started by rolling the molten glass onto a pole from the 1140℃ furnace.
They used "Frit" to add color which consists of small pieces of glass that were colored through a chemical reaction.
They blow into the glass to increase the size.
They then use an "optic mold" to imprint the lines onto the pumpkin.
They cut the molded glass off the pipe once it has reached the desired size.
Adding the stem takes a little bit of coordination, twirling it around the pole to get a spiral effect. they add the color to the glass and then attach it to the pumpkin carefully.
The pumpkins cool it in the kiln for ten hours and then they are ready to go.
You can actually make your own pumpkin or a variety of other projects with one of their classes! They teach you everything you need to know to make the perfect piece of art for your home. Check out their website: FloGlassblowing.ca