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Mersey Glass Works
Unit 9B Weaver Industrial Estate Blackburne Street, L19 8JA Liverpool
The Mind Boggling Magic of Glassblowing
Come along to experience an hour of glass melting and shaping demonstrations.
We will demonstrate basic melting and shaping including blowing of a glass bubble, pulling a glass fibre and getting an insight into glass as a material.
The demonstration will include showing how flowers and bubbles are created inside paper weights as well as other aspects of scientific apparatuses and some details of the history of glass and neon art.
Welcome, Health and Safety, Drinks — 10 minutes
A quick tour of glass craft techniques within the glass workshop — 10 minutes
Practical demonstration — 30 minutes
Q&A — 10 minutes
Suitable for groups up to four. Not suitable for children under 8.
Who when he first saw the sand and ashes by a casual intenseness of heat melted into metalline form, rugged with excrescences and clouded with impurities, would have imagined that in this shapeless lump lay concealed so many conveniences of life as would, in time, constitute a great part of happiness in the world. Yet by some such fortuitous liquefaction was mankind taught to procure a body at once in a high degree solid and transparent; which might admit the light of the sun, and exclude the violence of the wind; which might extend the sight of the philosopher to new ranges of existence, and charm him at one time with the unbounded extend of material creation, and at another with endless subordination of animal life, and, what is of yet more importance, might supply the decays of nature, and succour old age with subsidiary sight. Thus was the artificer in glass employed though without his knowledge or expectation. He was facilitating and prolonging the enjoyment of light, enlarging the avenue of science, and conferring the highest and most lasting pleasures; he was enabling the student to contemplate nature, and the beauty to behold herself.
Samuel Johnson, 1750