meet locally grown ‘wisteria’
glassblowers find harmony in scattering purple petals:
in each step, the most subtle nuances affect how the petals form, fall, and glow.
just like all glassybaby, it takes four glassblowers to make 'wisteria.' here, we show a few unique steps to these purple petals.
the glassblowers dip the melted glass into a bowl of purple ‘frit,' kind of like you dip your ice-cream cone into a bowl of sprinkles.
it requires extra heat to melt the frit into the glass-- if it's too hot, the color will burn. if it's too cold, air bubbles will form.
this video is part of the "overlay" process, where a thin layer of glass is coated over another.
in this step, there is a bubble the size of a hazelnut being smoothed out to ensure there are no air bubbles.
with 'wisteria,' the glassblowers have to go through this motion twice -- once for the petals, once for the clear glass.
as the glassblower pulls out the melted glass, the petals emerge, going from small dots to beautiful sprinkled petals.