Mark Hall, Owner of Hallmark Art Glass in Kasota, Minnesota,
has devised a new method to pick up kiln-formed glass and bring it to the glory hole.
It's a modification of the roll-up technique, making thick-walled solid colored glass cylinders
made to pick up warm on a collared blow pipe and blown into vessels.
We believe this new approach will withstand scrutiny and provide another avenue for exploration and creativity.
Mark believes, and I agree, that this cylinder pick-up process not only has unique design potential,
but can save Gaffers significant amounts of hot-shop time and money!
Collars and punties are made from warm pick ups out of the kiln.
It may not be your first choice, but blowing out kiln-formed
cylinders keeps the glory hole hot and the energy bills reasonable.
They're fun to make, too!