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3 4 7 8 9 B CEDAR CREEK GLASSBLOWER Lisa Oakley shapes the first gather of clear glass, and uses a wooden tool called a block. C She adds frit, chips of colored glass, to the clear glass. D Lisa shapes the glass with a pad while Matt Decker blows into the pipe. The pad she uses is called a paper, sheets of unprinted newsprint folded and kept wet. The pressure and cooling effect of the paper helps control where the glass blows out, shaping the piece the way she wants. E Lisa shapes the glass with the paper. F Matt assists Lisa with the trans- fer. They attach a punty, a steel rod, with a bit of glass on the end to the glass on the pipe. At the pipe end, the glass is then cracked off in a controlled manner, trans- ferring the work to the punty for continued work. G The second furnace heats to 2,300°F.H As the piece is removed from “the hole,” the orange glow shows the heat of the glass at the opening. I Lisa reheats the glass. J She opens the bowl with tools called jacks. K Matt and Lisa add a contrasting lip wrap of colored glass along the top of the piece. L Ready for further opening, the orange glow indicates where the glass is hot enough to be malleable. M Using heat and centrifugal force, Lisa opens the form of the 13 (900°F) for cooling overnight. 27The finished piece before it is removed fromNbowl.the punty and will be placed into an annealing oven www.wrightsvillebeachmagazine.com WBM


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