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How Artisan Glass Awards are Made

Glassmaking is an ancient art, and has changed little over the centuries.  A time-travelling Roman or Egyptian could arrive at a glass foundry this morning and likely be working at capacity by lunchtime (if not distracted by a smartphone or food truck).

Glass is made from readily-available domestic materials, such as sand, soda ash, limestone and “cullet” (the industry term for furnace-ready recycled glass).

The mixture is fed into a glass furnace at a slow, controlled rate.

The furnace reaches temperatures between 1,427 and 1,538 degrees Celsius (2,600 and 2,800 degrees Fahrenheit). The melting point of the glass depends on its composition.

Once it reaches casting temperature, the molten glass is cast (poured by hand) into a graphite mold.

Since glass solidifies quickly, it is easily removed from the mold by sliding a cherry wood spatula under it and lifting off the mold.

Glass will crack if it cools too quickly, so the piece is moved to an annealing oven to eliminate stress and slowly bring it back to room temperature.

Once cool, the glass is ready for sandblasting.

An artisan glass award is the perfect planet-friendly alternative to an engraved crystal or acrylic trophy.

Many thanks to the Blue Ridge glass Artist Neil Duman for teaching us about the process and creating our beautiful artisan glass awards.

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