If you haven't already noticed, we are huge proponents of blowouts. In our estimation, they have the cleanest look for hollow forms. Crucible tubing typically has extra air and coilpots can leave striations or a "graininess", even in very transparent colors.
Blowouts have a very pristine look that maximizes the optical clarity of the glass. Once you have the tech down, you'll find they don't take much more time than a good coilpot, and the results are well worth it. A one-stick blowout can be done in approximately 10mins. This blowout is made with two full-length rods and took approximately 15mins.
There are many approaches to solid color blowouts, this video shows a very straightforward, but effective technique. First, the rods get melted into a gob. Once that is melted into a smooth solid ball of glass, it gets dropped onto a blowpipe. A bubble is blown into it and then it is blown out and shaped. Done.
Other artists use different techniques to achieve their blowouts. We've seen blowout tech that allows for beautiful color gradients, and can be used with troublesome cadmium colors as well. We will keep sharing these ideas as they come up. As the quality of colored boro gets better and better, the techniques will evolve as well. And the final work can't help but reflect that evolution.
We are continually amazed at the level of work being made in this industry and are excited to be a part of it! [swipe to see what became of that blowout]
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