Glass is Hot...
One furnace keeps over 70 kg (150 lbs) of clear glass at 1100°C
(2000°F), 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, furnishing the molten
glass that is the foundation for all their beautiful work.
Three other furnaces called “glory holes” are turned on to 1200°C
(2200°F) whenever they are needed to heat and shape work in progress.
The glory holes are also used to melt the bits of specially coloured
glass that are added to the clear glass to give each piece its distinctive
Most of the work produced at New-Small and Sterling Studio Glass,
Ltd. is “freeblown.” Freeblown or “off hand” glass is formed on
the blowpipe and pontil (a solid rod) by the gaffer (master blower)
using only heat, air, gravity and a few simple tools. Since molds
are not used to give a piece its final form, freeblowing is more
time consuming than traditional factory methods. The important advantage
of this technique for David and the other artists is that they are
able to use the full range of their skills and creativity to make
each piece unique.
Studio Glass Movement...
New-Small and Sterling Glass, Ltd. creates glass objects in the
modern tradition of "studio glass" in which each piece is designed
and executed by individual or a small team of craftspeople, always
including the designer/artist. The Studio Glass Movement dates from
the summer of 1962 when Harvey Littleton and a group of students
built a small glass melting furnace in Toledo, Ohio and began experimenting
with the hot, fluid material. That first furnace and workshop created
such enthusiasm that hot glass has become part of the curriculum
of more than 100 colleges and universities in North America. The
resulting proliferation of forms and objects renewed our perception
of glass as an exciting medium for artists and collectors.