A horse, of course!

Happy New Year!!!

I’ve decided to begin filming a series of demos for Balance Glassworks.  A huge part of handmade glass is the performance of creating it.  I think that without seeing the technique and craftsmanship that goes into a piece, something is lost on the viewer.  I hope this series will shed a little light on the medium.  An artist or craftsman in any discipline is bound to have difficulty conveying to his or her customer the amount of hard-work and energy that went into their piece.  I think the responsibility falls on the makers to educate the public in order to earn the respect they rightfully deserve.  This is not an easy business and it’s important that people know how and why we do the things that we love.

The first episode I posted was just a little demo of how to “hot-pop” a glass vessel.  I posted that one a few entries ago and it’s on the Balance Glassworks Youtube page too if you’d like to check it out.  This one is a little more interesting.  In the video, I’m pulling a traditional Venetian glass horse.   This technique has been around for a very long time.  Like most glass history, the centuries of technical secrecy make it tough to say exactly when and where the glass horse came from.  I’m going to play it safe and say an Italian probably came up with it between 100 and 2000 years ago, depending on who you ask.  Close enough, right?

I know I say this a lot but I’ll be posting more of these in the coming weeks.  I’ll be highlighting a lot of actual pieces from the Balance Glassworks collection too so customers can see exactly how their piece came to be.  That’s all for now, I hope everyone had a safe and happy holiday season and I wish you all the best in 2012!  Here’s the video.


-Clayton Haigh

Balance Glassworks

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Toronto, ON
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