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Fused Glass Characters
Designed and Created by Annette Patolowski exclusively for Nobile Glassware.
Each piece is Individually Handmade using the Traditional Art of Fusing Glass,
in some of our larger items there can be over twenty hand cut elements of glass
that are then carefully placed together along with coloured glass pigments and
granules that will lead to its final design.
This complex method of layering and combining glass followed by Kiln Fusing
at up to 816°C (1501°F) creates a distinctive and original style with each piece
Free & Mold Blown - Hand Decorated Glass Vases and Gift pieces
Inspired by our Italian Polish designer Graziella Cavalli and created by
our Master Glass Blowing Craftsman exclusively for Nobile Glassware.
A brief insight into the magical art of glass production;
The intricate process of creating these individual and unique pieces starts
by selecting the finest components and materials that are carefully blended
and heated to 2400°F (~1315°C) at which point the transformation into glass
takes place. The temperature is then reduced in the furnace so as to be workable
for the craftsman to then skillfully Gather, Blow and Work the glass using
Techniques and Tools that are Centuries Old.
Glassblowing involves three furnaces - the "Crucible" which contains the molten
glass , the "Glory Hole" which is used to reheat a piece between steps and the
"Lehr" or "Annealer" used for cooling the glass over a period of a few hours
or days depending on the size of the item.
Some small bubbles or cords and variations in design or size can occur during
these complex processes. These should not be considered as faults; rather it's
a source of pride and a testament to the skill and eye of the craftsman that these
are only slight.
Our final item shapes on show are particularly difficult to create, of which only
Master Craftsmen can produce. Each of these piece's then goes on to be
hand-decorated using various methods such as cutting, sandblasting, polishing
and painting , to name a few . With a passionate and innovative design team our
Unique and original decorations have taken many years to create and perfect
and have gained great admiration throughout the industry.
Glass making is truly a captivating craft and we do hope you enjoy our pieces
as much as we have enjoyed creating them.
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