What Do Glass Blowers Do?
Glass blowers create a wide range of glass products by forcing air into molten glass to form desired shapes. Some form everyday shapes such as bowls and glasses, while others create more artistic forms such as ornaments and stained glass. Some professionals also work in the scientific field, making lab items such as test tubes and beakers. They may specialize in a variety of mediums or concentrate on one. Although a small number of people in this profession still blow glass with their mouths, the majority use specialized equipment to manipulate the air. Glass blowing, whether used to create artistic or practical items, requires excellent attention to detail and skills unique to the profession. Glass products are created by capturing gobs of molten glass on the end of a tube and forcing air through the tube to expand the gob into the desired size. Once the size is right, the glass blower manipulates it by hand or with machines to form it into the chosen shape. After the items dry, glass