Glass blowing or "hot glass" as it is sometimes referred to has a long and venerable tradition, and many techniques have remained unchanged for centuries. The molten glass is still gathered from the furnace on hollow blowing irons and shaped with wooden blocks, damp wads of paper and traditional tools of either Swedish or Venetian design. Where the modern world has encroached into the hotshop is with the addition of electronic controllers to regulate furnaces and kilns ensuring a higher degree of quality in the glass.
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