Glass Blowing in Roxbury M.A.

A Series from the Diablo Glass Blowing School in Roxbury, M.A.

October 2nd, 2007 – Sean Clarke gathers molten glass from the “Gloryhole” in order to begin creating a glass vase at the Diablo Glass School in Boston, MA on Monday. Clarke is the owner and “Gaffer,” a chief glass blower, of the school and has been toiling over this 2,000+ degree oven since the school opened seven years ago.

October 2nd, 2007 – Sean Clarke “papers” cooled molten glass in order to give shape to a glass vase he is creating at the Diablo Glass School in Boston, MA on Monday. Clarke considers papering to be the best part of glassblowing because according to him, its one of the few times “you actually get to feel the glass.”


October 2nd, 2007 – Sean Clarke blows into the “marver,” a metal tube used to shape, chill, and center the glass piece, in order to add dimension to a glass vase he is making at the Diablo Glass School in Boston, MA on Monday. According to Clarke, glass blowing was invented by Ancient Egyptians 3,000 years ago, and was perfected by the Ancient Romans later on.


October 2nd, 2007 – Sean Clarke uses the bladed side of a tool known as a “jack,” to add indentations to a glass vase he is making at the Diablo Glass School in Boston, MA on Monday.


October 2nd, 2007 – From left, Sean Clarke tells Emily Lombardo to “keep blowing” while he uses folded newspaper to “paper,” or add shape to a glass vase he is working on at the Diablo Glass School in Boston, MA on Monday.


October 2nd, 2007 – This trash can of glass represents mistakes that occur at the Diablo Glass School in Boston, MA on Monday. While trying to create a glass vase Sean Clarke, the owner of the school, had difficulty centering the semi-molten glass piece on the metal tube known as a “marver,” and made a curve in it that was irreparable.

2 comments:

Jessica Sharp said...

Byron- You have such amazing composition skills, you could make someone sleeping look interesting and intriguing. I like this story, glass blowing is a really cool thing (I saw it done in Venice, Italy) and it's something not a lot of people realize is so intense. Great pictures!

Mariah said...

beautiful photos.. sean is a very good friend of mine. he would be very happy with these. the thing he is blowing into is called the blow pipe and he is actually gathering from the furnace but your images absolutely stunning. i am trying to move into the realm of Digital myself and i am not there yet.

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