Art Deco Web Store and The Blue Art Barn's collection also includes traditional glassware. The manufacturing process starts with a few designs that were based on models of the Art Nouveau and Art Deco movement. Famous pieces from "Copier" (a world famous, 20th century glass artist from Leerdam), "Loetz" and "Tiffany" were used as an example to create these new glass objects. When the most beautiful drawings have been selected, wooden moulds are made. The latter are created by hand and they are shaped to look just like the design. The cutting of these moulds alone is very labour-intensive work. Also, they can only be used about 20 to 30 times! Glass artists have great technical skills. The glassblower twirls a droplet of molten glass at the end of the blowpipe and makes it hollow by blowing air into it. Then, the glassblower moves the blowpipe back and forth to make the glass bubble oblong and, while continuously rotating it, the glass is blown into the desired shape. Not all glassware is shaped with the help of a wooden mould; free blown objects are also created. Various elements are fastened onto the glass object with the help of tonsils, scissors and wooden spatulas. It is not until the glass has reached a temperature of 1300 Celsius that it can be given the desired shape. Usually, 3 or 4 people work on blowing one glass object. It is important that the team works well together; it is not easy to correct mistakes when working with glass. The beautiful colours of glass products come into existence by adding oxides of elements such as iron, manganese, cobalt or copper to the molten glass. These colours will end upon various places within the glass in different quantities. Each product is unique because of these 'coincidences'. So when you buy a glass bowl or vase from the collection below, you will have a one of a kind product!
Make sure to have a look at the glass vases and platters as well.