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A glory hole is equipment that glass blowers use for re-heating glass to soften it so it can be further worked or to keep it hot enough to avoid cracking during other work like adding handles, feet, lampworking.
Furnaces, Lehr's and lampworking equipment
Traditionally, a furnace was a heat enclosure used to produce a liquid such as molten metal, so the term is used for a glass melting furnace and glass makers call molten glass metal.
In a hot glass studio ‘the furnace’ produces the molten glass from either a mixture of raw materials, called ‘batch’, or pre melted nuggets or re-cycled glass called cullet.
The re-heat furnace used to replace lost heat to the piece being worked is called a ‘glory hole’.
Glass workshop may comprises three to four workers, lead by the gaffer. Traditionally the gaffer's assistants are divided into servitors, gatherers and bit gatherers. In a contemporary hotshop, the artists often exchange roles, with the initiator of the piece taking the lead.
Gatherers judge the amount of glass needed; a 'gather' of molten glass is taken from the melting furnace by dipping a blow-pipe. The gather is rotated for uniformity, shaped on a marver or with a forming block, and then the general mass is blown. Using a punty iron, small gathers are added to the mass during the formation of the object. The servitor blows and prepares the basic forms before passing them on. He revolves the object by rolling the blow-pipe back and forth across the arms of the bench. The glass is shaped using a hardwood paddle and jacks or presilers, while metal shears of several sizes cut the molten glass.
The gaffer controls the project, shaping and joining the component parts. He must also assess the temperature of the glass and, from time to time during the successive steps of blowing and joining, will return the piece to the glory hole. The gaffer also oversees the gathers brought to him. When the piece is complete a punty is attached to the foot or base, and cracked off from the blow-pipe with the touch of a cold pincher. Finally the piece is carried to the lehr, or annealing oven, where it cools very slowly. Annealing a basic piece requires from five to eight hours, while larger more complicated works often remain in the oven for several days; glass too quickly cooled breaks or has weaknesses.
Heat, gravity and centrifugal force are the most distinctive aspects of glass blowing