Equator Gringos

October 6, 2007

Glass Blowing

Filed under: Ecuador — Tags: , , — lstollin @ 1:00 pm

Last weekend we went on a morning trip to a little rustic glass factory. There’s a car windshield manufacturer somewhere in Ecuador that gives their broken windshields to the glass factory – which they use as their primary raw material. We got to see the surprisingly complex and deft multi-step choreography of two glassblowers creating a piece of stemware — a process involving at least five different steps.

Resize-Luke Blows

I’ve been fascinated with glassblowing since I was in elementary school and we went to the West Virginia Arts and Crafts Fair. I remember learning about the importance of tempering the glass by slowly cooling it, because the demonstrators were creating really cool vases and pitchers, then letting them explode – they weren’t making the pieces to keep.

Joy and I visited the famous Venetian Glass island of Murano in Italy for our tenth wedding anniversary. More recently I’ve seen exhibits of the amazing art of glassblower Dale Chihuly. It’s hard not to be drawn into the vivid colors and organic shapes of his big pieces.

After all this, you can bet I didn’t hesitate when the owner of this little rustic factory asked if any of us wanted to try our hand and blowing glass (check out the slideshow – photos thanks to Beth Rogers!).



  1. Luke, this is a cool blog!!! The photos look really cool as a slideshow…maybe I need to start one of my own. :)

    Comment by Beth — October 9, 2007 @ 1:14 pm

  2. I’d forgotten how much you look like your Dad, Luke. I have a few photos I’d like to email to you from the trip I just took, driving back and forth across the US. 6123 miles. What a beautiful country!

    Your blog is wonderful, Joy in Spanish school (something I’d better do when I get there), the rafting trip is something I really love. Have done a couple of wild rivers in this part of the country. When we were in Costa Rica the water was too low to travel easily so we declined but did take a few mild river trips for birdwatching. I want to go through the Grand Canyon some day and think I’d better go soon while I have a bit of strength.

    My brother-in-law was in Quinto when he was in Berea’s country dancers. They are well known and travel all over the world. He is a fine folk dancer, but is also a cut-up. The other night we went to a restaurant where the food left much to be desired in Narrows, VA but people with string instruments were there. I thought it would be an organized group but it was pick up with anyone who had a guitar, banjo, bass, mandolin or fiddle. Not much dancing but lots of clapping and laughing. A few folks did some flat dancing. Richard (brother-in-law) clogs.

    My visit with your folks was brief because they had received word that my brother had died the evening before I got to Uniontown. Life has a way of going on. Your mother had Methodist women meeting. But she made dinner, assisted me in purchasing a new suit and blouse for $9.62 for the viewing/receiving and funeral. I think I’ve about gotten my money’s worth out of it because I also wore it to the Narrows dinner.

    Must read a few progressive blogs because I’ve not read any for over 2 weeks. Down with Tyranny, Firedoglake, Crooks and Liars and DailyKos are my favorites. Best to you,

    Comment by Carol Doty — October 25, 2007 @ 10:48 pm

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