Blow, blow, blow your (glass) heart, or flower, at Vetro Glassblowing Studio in
OK, it was 55 degrees outside, and to be fair, he did have the studio door open.This is a guy who’s used to working with glass that starts out in a white-hotfurnace, in a glowing molten pool that’s about 2,100 degrees. The glass heats upto 2,400 degrees in the “glory,” or reheating furnace, and the final pieces thenget transferred into a “cooling area.” Yeah, cool: a mere 850 to 900degrees.
Gappa, 39, who started his career as an architect and has been a glass blowerfor 12 years, says road trips with his wife are awful. “She likes it about 70 to72 degrees. I need more like 85 to 90,” he says with a laugh.I got a taste of the blaze last weekend, when I attended a heart- and flower-making event for Valentine’s Day, which the studio will also offer Feb. 11-12.For $25 (flowers) or $39 (hearts), visitors can choose from pink, purple, red ormulticolored glass chips to color their delicate baubles.You also get to try your own hand at glasswork — Gappa teaches attendees howto smoothly turn the rod holding a blob of red-hot glass, then press it gentlyinto the bowls of colored glass chips. He and other glass blowers take it fromthere, shaping the blob into a gorgeous, one-of-a-kind piece of art as youwatch.
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Published: 09 February 2012