When heated to temperatures of 2,250 - 2,300 degrees,
the glory hole is an awesome site to see as it glows with blazing heat. There is no room for error in this environment.
As a Master glass blower, Rich will tell you that you must respect the hot glass and the high heat to keep safe.
Keeping organized in His new studio, Rich begins to
stock his glass stick rack with color. These color sticks will be used in creating a spectrum of flowing colors
in his new work.
After chipping off color from a color stick, Rich
begins to add it to the clear glass and forms a new vessel. Placing it into the heat keeps it at the right consistency
that he wants to create his fluidic style.
He continues to work with this new vessel by rolling
it on a high temperature steel work bench to get the desired effect.