Glassblowing what an amazing art form and so fascinating to watch. The blackboard above the glassblowers head informs visitors to her workshop that when she first setup the workshop her gas bill was £80 per week, that figure has now gone through the roof with energy companies increasing the cost of fuel year on year whilst also reporting record profits! It is now costing her an extra £15000 a year in fuel alone to run her workshop… Ouch!
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I asked them if I could take a few photos and in return I would share with them whatever I took, they were really keen as they have no images of the workshop.
The cost of the fuel rises are no doubt passed onto the customer, and it makes me wonder how many people visit this shop without buying the handmade glass due to cost and being able to buy mass produced cheaper alternatives.
I loved getting up close to see the work involved in making a glass, it was amazing to watch the process.
I was really impressed with the team work to get the glass into its final state. The whole thing took about 5 minutes and the images in this post are what I took in that time, I hope the glass blowers and you enjoy them and maybe it might even spur someone on to consider bespoke craftwork made locally over the mass produced wholesale craftwork that is the same all over the world.
Just stepping into a craft shop is an adventure and an Aladdin’s cave of wonderment just waiting for you to discover it.