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Glass Work Farmington MI - DiIrvine Design - n4b_2My twin sister and I were just 6 years old when we started art classes on Saturdays at the Toledo Museum of Art. After class we took turns deciding which exhibits to look at. My favorites were the "glass" and "Ancient". Our move to Farmington MI ended the art lessons, but they were replaced by trips to Greenfield Village, where my curiosity for glass and clay continued to grow.
 
Glassblowing is a glassforming technique that involves inflating the molten glass into a bubble, or parison, with the aid of the blowpipe, or blow tube. A person who blows glass is called a glassblower, glassmith, or gaffer.

Glass beads are usually categorized by the method used to manipulate the glass - wound beads, drawn beads, and molded beads. There are composites, such as millefiori beads, where cross-sections of a drawn glass cane are applied to a wound glass core.

There are several methods for making drawn beads, but they all involve pulling a strand out of a gather of glass in such a way as to incorporate a bubble in the center of the strand to serve as the hole in the bead. In Arekamedu this was accomplished by inserting a hollow metal tube into the ball of hot glass and pulling the glass strand out around it, to form a continuous glass tube.

Studio glass or glass sculpture is the modern use of glass as an artistic medium to produce sculptures or two-dimensional artworks. Specific approaches include stained glass, working glass in a torch flame, glass bead making, glass casting, glass fusing, and, most notably, glass blowing.

Lamp working is a type of glass work that uses a gas fueled torch to melt rods and tubes of clear and colored glass. Once in a molten state, the glass is formed by blowing and shaping with tools and hand movements. It is also known as flame working or torch working, as the modern practice no longer uses oil-fueled lamps.