In fact, Thomley spent years creating a series of glass lung sculptures with fellow glassblower
Daniel Bell, chronicling his experience with cystic fibrosis, and that inspired a documentary called "Anthem."
This Woodbury decanter by Simon Pearce ($185) is hand-blown, with contemporary angles that showcase the brilliant clarity of the contents along with the skill of the glassblower
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HUNCHED and shrivelled, Afghan glassblower
Ghulam Sakhi deftly blows and twirls molten glass into delicate blue and green goblets and vases - a craft passed down for generations but now at risk of dying out.
It is a throwback to when bottles were handblown and the glassblower
would create the indentation for stability.
It takes 10 years to become a master glassblower
, and the methods used haven't changed for thousands of years.
DID you know Newcastle University had a head glassblower
? Robyn Hare has the unique job of being the university's glassblowing supervisor.
FA Muller produced the first commercial contact lenses in 1887.
Lissa Piner is a strong-willed redhead and a talented glassblower
. Her skills earn her a commission to design chandeliers for a string of luxury hotels in Italy, but her true purpose is much darker, for she has a mission to avenge a terrible wrong.
But while his students have no trouble getting entry-level jobs at companies like Chemglass Life Sciences, a glass manufacturer, and General Electric Global Research, rarely are universities willing to budget the overhead costs for more than one glassblower
, if any.
Bay has been fascinated by glassblowing since he was about 12, when he would watch a glassblower
work in his booth near other souvenir stores in the Ports O'Call marketplace in San Pedro.
Tevis also profiles mill workers, an auctioneer, a glassblower
, Liberace, and a South Carolina blade sharpener.
Finalists for the Costa Short Story Award 2014 include: Irish author Paula Cunningham for The Matchboy; London-based writer Zoe Gilbert for Fishskin, Hareskin; Jane Healey for The Liontamer's Husband; Joanne Meek for Jellyfish; Mark Newman for Rosa and Thirkel; and Lucy Ribchester for The Glassblower