The Simon Pearce workshop in Windsor, VT allows visitors to view the ongoing work of the glassblowing shop. Because of the glass furnaces, this shop doesn’t need heat in the winter. We visited in July…
Even though it was a Saturday, there were two gentlemen nevertheless at their craft. They were making Christmas tree objects d’art. I don’t believe they were tree ornaments for actually hanging on a tree. The two worked in tandem as the material needs to be worked and heated through multiple trips to the furnace, rolling, pinching, pulling, heating and reheating.
We strolled along the catwalk to get a good view of the works. You can see the carts of scrap glass “cullet” and the huge hopper for remelting material. There is a board of traditional glassmaker’s tools mounted on the wall. These are, with no discernible changes, the same tools used in production in this shop.
This is an unusual shop in my experience as most glass production, other than art “studio” glass, has moved from the USA to Asia. There are very few true factories producing high quality, well-designed glassware domestically. Simon Pearce is one of those.