On a recent visit to Melting Pot Glass Studio we were lucky to find Gerry with furnace and kiln ablaze and in the process of starting a production run. After the Christmas rush, their stocks were getting limited, and with a couple of commissioned pieces to start, Gerry said the slightly cooler weather was a good time to get fired up. The furnace/kiln would now be alight for at least two weeks – unless the weather heats up again.
The first piece he was making was to add to this collection.
Once the glass in the furnace reaches temperature (approx. 1,200 deg. C – it takes about 5 days) the process begins.
Molten glass is collected from the bottom of the furnace, continually hand turned and shaped.
It is then rolled in fine colouring, reheated, then rolled in the larger colouring, all the time being reheated, shaped and blown.
When Gerry was happy with the piece he then cut a hole in one end to form a vase shape.
One final check and it was into the kiln for firing before being ready for sale in a couple of days.
Whilst this is a basic view of the process it took about 40 mintues from start to finish – most of the time was taken with the reheating process after each stage – which of course means Gerry standing in front of the very hot furnace and continually turning the glass on the rod, otherwise it would fall off! No wonder he was waiting for some cooler weather.
Here are some of their very beautiful peices for sale at the moment. I am looking forward to seeing the results of Gerry’s creative work on my next visit.
Entering the property you are greeted by these lovely garden peices. What a great entry statement!
This is one of the iconic businesses in Margaret River and well worth a visit if you are in the area. You may like to book a workshop and produce your very own work of art! Take a look at their website for more info.