Since time immemorial, the qualities and properties of glass have fascinated and inspired mankind to produce fantastic artifacts. Even though glass is the world's oldest artistic product, experienced glass-makers still experiment with their medium and use a range of exciting new techniques in manufacturing modern glassware. And manufacturing glass requires great care and precision.
Glass-work is an art the Egyptians mastered over 2000 years ago. In Northern Jutland, a number of glass-makers still practice these arts and will happily tell you about their work and how they blow and form the glass at temperatures of 1100°C. Some of them also use the so-called “cold glass method” in which the glass is modeled whilst cold and thereafter baked in a closed oven at temperatures of up to 860°C. The glass-makers' art is expressed in a variety of forms: beautiful drinking glasses, platters, bowls – and unique individual products.
Experience the magic of more than 2000 years of tradition, feel the heat from a glowing oven and see with your own eyes how the glass-maker blows life into the glowing glass that in the space of minutes clears and takes form.
Glass is a peculiar material – it is not a solid, it is rather a slowly flowing mass which allows the glass-maker to produce his fantastic creations. Glass products can look incredible – as if the molten glass' movement has been frozen and captured. Just one of the things that makes glass-work so fascinating.
A temperature of 1300 degrees is required to transform sand, soda and lime into glass. The glass-maker blows the glass with his "pipe", the temperature falls and the glass changes. At 1000°C, it is syrupy and at 800-900°C, it becomes tough and thick. Between 500-600°C, the glass starts to stiffen and harden and it is in this brief period when the glass is firm but flexible that the glass-maker can form his product and give the glass identity.