Matteo Seguso Guest Artist Demonstration

Matteo Seguso Guest Artist Demonstration



welcome to the corning museum of glass and for those of you live-streaming welcome to the corning museum of glass we have a very special demonstration this is matéo seguso right here in the middle of suite let's give him a warm round of applause you can clap at home too yeah he is going to be making what we have over there drawn on the board if you will get into what that means I want to introduce the team first assisting him will be danger right here and then keep on Katherine Ayers will also be assisting we have Josh lobs as well and Ben Benjamin Ewing thank you everybody for the clapping my name is Katie I'm gonna be chatting with you guys if you have questions here raise your hand I'd love to get those answered same with online please submit those questions we can get those answered as well all right so we're gonna get right into it Dane has gathered a little bit of glass on the end of the blowpipe that glass is at 2100 degrees it moves like honey and also gives off its own light with that as well it is a yellowish hue and Dana what is this first part the lid okay we're gonna start with the lid great so how this is how this is put together right now is that we have a garage here this garage is at about a thousand degrees it's keeping some of our parts warm inside there we have three cups and three stems and we're gonna add the cup in the stem together right right right and we're gonna put that inside of the dome but Matteo here is a beautiful beautiful glass engraver if anybody wants to come down and look at this more please do he is an engraving maestro from Murano very very talented he has engraved the things that are in the garage that we're gonna put together and Dane here will kind of be helping him do that so he is mostly he is engraving driven so this is mainly what he does the hot shop I'm not sure about that so much but we are here to have Dane help him as well and the whole team will be here to help so yeah if you want to come down check this out it's gonna be sitting right here next to me beautiful little scene there so in order to get all these things put together we'll have the dome part is main ring main right it's gonna be made right now we have the other parts in the garage I think we have feet in there too yes so those will all be put together on to the bottom part and then we'll put those things all together so the cup will be put together connected to the bottom part and then that don't want we connect it on to the top of it it's gonna be really amazing it's gonna be quite the feat here it's gonna be great so our molten hot glass moving like honey we need to keep the pipe turning at all times so we'll always be turning that pipe Dane here is organizing that second gather of glass with a wooden block that wooden block is great for cooling and shaping and as it gets to a certain size and degree he'll start to shape it with different tools this one here being a newspaper this one is made out of newspaper it's about five or six sheets fold it up we keep it wet throughout our demonstration or throughout the day really so that when we were using it doesn't burn the paper away so right now we're just looking for a nice even bubble we're gonna get a couple more gathers on this every heating chamber that he's using right now is that 2150 so maybe just a little bit warmer than our actual furnace where we keep all of our glass we're gonna use that chamber to reheat our glass you'll see him go back and forth back and forth we'll see you'll see is mainly working out of that better at the bench that's because we can't let our glass get too cold if it does it will break so we'll always keep it warm and because we need more than one gather here Dan tend to get this into a really nice shape that's conducive for gathering all those gathers make sure all the walls are the right thickness right evenness they'll have the gloss in the right place let it cool down a little bit and then gather over it so we do let the last get colder but not so cold that we can't still work on it so when air glass gets cold it becomes a rigid and that rigidity helps us have some stability sometimes what do we need it so once we get this nice and cool will gather again so the more glass beyond the heavier the pipe will get that pipe is stainless steel it's hollow well you can blow into it the amount of glass I think will might end up was would probably be I'm not sure yet I can't give you a good actually good answer to that right now but the ammonia has right now with maybe about five pounds but anything farther away from your center of gravity which when you see they bring that up you see how much farther away from that center of gravity he is right it's gonna add some weight to the pipe but also we can't grab the pipe really close up we have to kind of have it back towards us in that shiny area of the pipe so it's gonna add a little extra weight then it ends actually there so there's our third gather he's checking out the evenness and so I should go in a little bit more about these engravings that Matteo does here so these engravings in order to engrave glass you must cut it with something right so these are all engraved on the lathe right with diamond bits you can get all kinds of different shapes of diamond bits and use the lathe that's water fed to carve out these at notches and I don't know if any of you has anybody tried taken graveclothes it's really hard it's really hard so Matteo has done a great amount of training to get to where he is these these images are wonderful we've got some Birds kind of a tree landscape scene here it's lovely and he is from Murano so if any of you are familiar with glass you know Murano is very very important and in Murano is kind of the one of the largest hubs do you want to see this do all right we're gonna get a shot of this for the camera so everyone can kind of see this but not gonna be too bad okay just to be sure it'll sit kind of flat there you go all right great so can you all see that there you go beautiful shot yeah give it up [Applause] awesome cool yeah so if you want to come to that close with those lots of fine details to quite beautiful I'm gonna hang this back where it belongs all right so glass of Murano is very important engraving is huge in Hirano and her huh in Murano as well and he is quite the master absolutely so here we have the fourth and final gather until we have one of our larger blocks you see that they have gone up inside so as our guys have gone up in size as well some ones are getting just getting this into a nice even shape we want our walls to be even it's kind of weird and wonky to have a thin area under glass in a thicker area in your glass it kind of feels weird to make something like that it kind of gets everything off-kilter but also it threatens the integrity of the glass itself so and kneeling it could be your slow cooling it could hurt the glass if you have uneven sides so even this is key so the larger this piece gets the larger our reheating chamber opening gets as well that will probably get pretty large as we go it's gonna get a little hotter over there but these guys used to that eat 2200 degrees spitting out of that is a little warm but not nothing we can't handle so when we pull these pieces out of the garage and put them together they are already engraved by Matteo he's engrave them previously and you will still see those engravings on them so we're not gonna get these pieces so warm that those engravings melt away and that's kind of the point of this as to how this engravings get them warm enough to where they can attach to other pieces but not to wear that engraving melts away we have any questions in the audience so far about anything so here we're gonna incorporate some help from Katherine she's gonna be inflating that so we can push that shape out from the inside use that newspaper to cool the outside we need this torch here called a bench torch or a fluffy torch and heat up an area called the neck in order for us to get a line in this piece and every piece that we make has to have a line in it that line is called a neck line or a jack line we have to take that piece away the pipe using that line it's kind of like scouring the glass in a place that we can break the glass so getting it a little bit more extra heat with that avenge towards the bench horses at 2200 degrees just a little bit of extra heat it helps it to move in that area so spot heating so we can really get that line in all at once all right here we go bring it back Dana won't clinch down those jacks around that line as he does his hand will be guarded by Benjamin also important to inflate during this move for some shapes you can really see how much of a team we have to have going to make these sort of things anything larger or detailed or many components needs a team behind it so we will use every single person here I might even jump in we'll see that tool there it's called a pair of jacks they're very important you'll see us use those quite often even for this demonstration and they're kind of designed I believe after sheep shears here's a really great pair here so these are called blades are not necessarily sharp they're really good for squeezing that line down you can also flatten things with the strap there at the top all right so we can see inside that reheating chamber really well we have a camera behind it that is separated from the heat by a thick piece of fused silica Pia silica might be familiar with fiber optics that's what fused silica is the type of glass made with silica that's been fused together it's very very clear it's very very heat resistant so having it behind that reheating chamber is great for that camera keeps it nice and safe so Dana here is sizing the the width of that kind of topper so that topper is just that dome piece that's gonna go over it has to have a bottom to sit on that bottom has to be the right size so we're gonna get it into early I guess we're gonna take the size of it just so we at least know to make the thing a little bit bigger than that he's got both length and width going which is which is great so Dayton says we're gonna stretch this piece we're gonna put it into that reheating chamber we're gonna bring it out we're gonna let gravity take it down towards the ground we're gonna let it elongate gravity is a great tool here in the hot shop you see that Danes always turning and if you were to stop turning our piece would fall towards the ground that's gravity letting it win so if we point the pipe towards the ground it elongate our piece for us if you ever see glassware pointing a pipe up into the air it'll kind of squat our pieces so he's not gonna heat up the entire thing and kind of from this point on you won't really see us heating the entire thing for long periods of time just eating that bottom part here goes letting that fall down towards the ground along gating it getting a reading so a big bubble a big warm bubble is very very warm especially when your armors right next to a Catherine's they're shielding him as members of our other team is helping as well all right we're bringing out a very important tool here this is called the V board and this is really helpful for us to get kind of like parallel sides that look really straight straight sides of a vessel and so it's just wood lined with paper that papers gonna act as the same thing as the newspaper we just wedded it a little bit he's gonna just turn it really quickly in that newspaper and that's gonna help even out those sides make it really nice and straight so if you ever see a cylinder that's tall any of these cylinders actually right here we definitely use that v board to do so let you get them exactly straight it also looks pretty cool a little fire coming off of it you see how that those sides went from around to straight yeah we meant to do that all right so we want this to be to the right shape we'll measure it a couple more times eventually we're going to punji this up and transfer it over on to a different iron that iron being the punty and we'll do that transfer in order to open this up so we have those straight sides that will come down right and end kind of like a drinking glass that's what we're gonna do is open this up into a thing that can sit flat on a disk that will make so we're gonna add a Clear button and I was using that cold glass to scratch that cold glass it's kind of a trick to make sure that we get a bit or punty on center on that right center area so you have a big area you need to put something right in the center it's gonna be really hard even when you're turning to kind of match that up so putting something there that can scratch it as he turns you can find Center as he's scratching and there we have a mark so we're gonna add this little bit here this bits gonna help us be able to break this piece away as comfortably as possible so he'll just droop that on and there's our glass flowing and flying as it does so it's looking good keep that all right so here comes that Ponte transfer for those of you that have never seen a punji transfer it's quite magical so alright so Catherine here has a pipe in her hand an iron that is solid she's going to have a little bit of gloss on the end of it as she does she's going to roll that into kind of a nice round q-tip shape that will then you connect to Dane's vessel there so that will stick but it's not a permanent connection that's connections meant to come off later so it won't stick forever and then once that those two have stuck will break that piece along that line that we added earlier so we're gonna thermally shock it we're gonna cause it to crack and then that crack will run along that line that we created and that's how we'll get this piece off of that piece this is the best way to do it we can't really cut it off because if we did the two sides would touch and then we would have to open it ourselves but having this stay open by breaking it away is the best option so we're gonna get another gather making a larger punty the larger Ponte is going to be able to hold that amount of gloss a little bit easier so I would say we're working with probably about 10 or 15 pounds off the end of that rod again it's farther away from the center of gravity so it's gonna be a little bit heavier but nothing too bad and so we need temperatures to be correct we want Catherine's Ponte to be the right temperature not too hot not too cold we want the piece that Dane has the dome to be on the colder side but again not too cold so timing is of the essence you see the Dane is taking his time for a reason so we have a punji stick once it sticks on it's kind of within Danes control he's going to make sure it's on center he'll begin communication with Kathryn to make sure that she's ready to take that and put it back into that oven as soon as we break it away a little bit of extra heat there will help in the thermal shocking we have a diamond file to help created a bigger score and a tap breaks that piece away yes please do well done all right that was successful and that was great I heard some gasps I was holding my breath where was anybody else holding their breath yeah okay there you go yeah can be a little risky sometimes when we have that happen if we don't do something right the crack will run down the body of the vase and then we'll have a cracked vase which is very very hard to fix but these guys are trained professionals these guys have been working glassblowing for over 20 years they know exactly what they're doing so right now they're putting that pipe towards the ground not too along it at this time it gets too cold to move but there might be some what we call chippies in there that means just a little bit of that broken glass has fallen inside of that vessel and so he's gonna try to get that little chip out cuz it becomes an optical folly or something doesn't doesn't look good it's like having a random bubble and something that doesn't have any bubbles in it they got it it sounds like great job so now you can clearly see the opening thanks to our lovely camera this is the only place that we have a reheating chamber camera I think it's just it's amazing so we're gonna open up via that opening there start to heat up those the front part and you'll see him really spot heating this area so he's really gonna emphasize the heat on that top part of that vessel and that's gonna be a lip of the vessel which is actually at the bottom of this one usually the lips of vessels are the top part it's like a cup or Vaz right but the top part this time is gonna be the bottom part hope that makes sense and confuse anybody so more heat over there once it gets warm and you'll see it start moving Dane kind of has an internal timer as all glass lawyers do to see how to know how much glass or how much time it takes to get our glass warm and so he'll check on it that internal timer every now and again but he's also looking for movement of that glass it's very slight so when he start turning to the other direction that glossa might have kind of a hiccup to get back on to their side that's how we know it's warmer also by color so when he takes it out although that's kind of like our third resource at this date I guess is to look for the color because you can't really see it because it's so bright but he'll see that color when he brings it out all right so nice and warm in that front part you can see a little slight yellowish hue that tells me that it's warm he flattened that outside a little bit more he's gonna go inside with this tool here called a part show fee or part show fees that's a wooden bladed Jack pair of Jack's took too much smoother of a tool to use for this job here smoother and just plus they're a little bit less thermally shocking metal will be a little bit colder than wood it's what I'm trying to say so really smoothing out that hump there the newspaper will do the trick Catherine's gonna go inside that reading chamber again it has anybody here seen a demonstration from earlier today okay did you ever see them turn really fast it spun all the way up right we're gonna make sure we don't do that again here because we want this to stay straight and that's very easy to do it is easy to just spin it all the way out so we're gonna turn really slowly you can really see how slowly Dane is turning in our cameras just so that it doesn't flare out at all I think he's even eyeballing the v board but we'll see I won't put any words in his mouth oh I am correct here we go it's gonna turn that you see that kind of fluttering edges a little bit that's how warm it is yeah beautiful idea know who did that all right back again to reiterate those lines you really have to turn fast in this we don't want a lot of friction on there so you won't have a lot but turning faster so it looks great today know a couple take a couple of measurements on that I believe we're gonna put this into our pickup kiln where it will rest and then we will make the base of the piece and start attaching the cup parts to it all of our cup parts are in the garage here which is kind of like the gloss babysitter just letting things hang out at that temperature so that temperature that we don't like that makes our glass break is anywhere below 900 degrees so a thousand degrees is definitely very safe for it and that's great look at that all right so into our pickup oven our pickup oven is set at 900 degrees right now which is great for adding glass to that's totally fine we will boost it up to whatever temperature that they decide anywhere I think it's a I mean I know they'll do above a thousand degrees to take it back out and even then that's very risky you've got to kind of get to a heat source really quickly but not to shock it but just to get it warm and so to break this piece off we must also have that temperature correct as we did earlier so we want the parts that we're breaking to be able to thermally shock in the right way and by that I mean controlled and not shocked and break the piece but to break right where we want the water to go are we put the water the water will be the thermally shocking agent that will cool it down to the point of it cracking and so Mateo is a glass engraver and so he is he will be he does the the glass engraving of course you know so for this project he wanted to come here to the Corning Museum of Glass and use our hot shop team and this team here is wonderful to make this creation something that he needed a team for all right so here comes after a little bit of checking it making sure everything looks good have some water on the back of this that's going to cause that thermal shock between the cookie part and the punty he's gonna run that over to that pickup box Josh will open the lid and we will put that away into the box for now so we pick it up later beautiful let's give him a round of applause for that yeah well done all right lovely so part one done we need to do and make the base wish which wasting no time Dane has jumped to it we're gonna gather again so kind of that same process of gathering I believe there's going to be a hole through this base there must be do you have any questions out there yeah right right so the question was do we plan in choreographies choreography and planned playing this out beforehand yes absolutely yeah especially with someone we haven't worked with before this is the first time some of us have worked with Matteo the first time I have worked with him and we definitely needed to know what he had what he planned on doing who's gonna do what you know and and Dane was chosen to gaff which means he's the one in charge of this but Matteo was actually the one in charge he's just the one making this piece so kind of leading the team of creating this so the gaffer here and then the rest of us yeah I just kind of got you know what we need you for this part we need you for this part and you'll see yeah I don't get pretty pretty intense yeah so definitely lots of planning there are some times that we you know playing a little bit less you know if we know how to make something really well we can just kind of get into it and and if you know if I have someone with me that's been working with me for quite some time it's kind of like I'm gonna make this piece and they're like okay and we make it without even talking sometimes because it just gets in that rhythm yeah it's a great question thank you so another gather out of that furnace so inside of that furnace there again 2100 agrees but it holds about a thousand pounds of our molten hot blast it's all clear inside there so when this cools down it's clear that tells you about what color our glass is when it's hot right all right sounds like we're gonna make this bottom pretty solid so we do have a blowpipe but we're not gonna use it as a blowpipe that's okay so like we have to use as a blowpipe we can sometimes the blow pipes will get clogged but we just unclog them no problem but those blow pipes have kind of more stability for a large amount of glass so it's just kind of easier to use those when working solid sometimes so we'll gather again like cool down here you can see how quickly our glass cools that mean it's about a minute before it gets rigid we have to heat it up again this time we gather instead this base is gonna be black so Dana's gonna roll in the powder I'm sorry that's not powder that's frit so he's gonna change the color of this clear glass to black and by that doing that he's gonna coat it with frit that's a little granules of crushed up glass that will then melt in and coat the glass with that color so our glass won't magically turn black but it will allow these little Fritz to melt on to our piece we'll probably do a couple of coats on this you saw that the little granules right looks kind of like spots right now so once we melt those didn't bring it back and rolling it some more will kind of get coverage all the way around it in places we needed it and so our glass color that we use here is made by a company called Reichenbach that company is in germany and they make lots of different colors there if you see that kind of cart over there with all those lovely colors that is all just that's just a fraction of what they have but that company makes all the colors there and come and color is made by adding different metal oxides to our glass to soda-lime glass which is what we use here just clear glass so different metal oxides give you different colors we have gold goes into pink really well and orange sorry no not orange red manganese for orange Cobalts for blue stuff like that and black even this black isn't necessarily black so instead it's just a high high concentrate of a certain color this is one is purple here but it's so dark that it looks black only if you blow that black out really thin you'll see the purple tint instead all right so we've got all the color we need get that into that kind of round shape we love this round shape we have to get everything we make in this round shape first we start from here so this is that kind of making something out of nothing we begin from this blob of glass and we'll make a base from it so we need a nice disc shape and we're gonna do it out of solid glass and I don't know if he's gonna actually gonna get together over this he is okay he's gonna get one or two just want to gather okay so again cooling it down get another gather of glass Dane's gonna do we call a strip gather he's gonna let that glass fall into that bucket full of water so he doesn't get too much glass and too much just is kind of determined by how much he wants there there's not like a too much thing unless it's self determined but he let some of the glass fall off into that bucket because he didn't want that much we're gonna create this line here cut that little bit off maybe do that some of that color got stripped off into the bucket and I brought some more of that wrap along the glass we don't want that to stay so we'll chop that off so dana has to get this blob of glass into a disc that's to be a certain size so he had to get the certain amount of glass in order for it to fill that size I think he's done a great job so he'll just kind of start to spread this out and flatten it you can see already that has taken shape just by him turning that pipe quickly do we have any questions in the audience or online to either one why do we have two types of furnaces great question well this one here holds all of our glass so holds about a thousand pounds of glass it's just a really big ball inside that holds all the glass and we can just gather that out and use it and that one over there is void of all glass it's just a chamber so it's just hollow space inside basically heat so natural gas combustion heat inside there and we use that for reheating so there's nothing in there except air here and this one's just for glass same temperatures similar temperatures there it kind of depends really but this one here at 2100 that one a little bit more than that 2150 so just a little bit hotter yeah some hot shops do like that reheating chamber a lot hotter it just depends on you know what they're making that day yeah thank you very much all right so Danes really letting the heat soak in here start to spin this out this is the base that's gonna go on the bottom for anyone who's just joining us online this is the base that's gonna go on the bottom of the cup so we're gonna have a foot we're gonna boats are gonna have a base and then a foot a stem and a gonna cut part of the cup so what kind of a goblet shape that's gonna be sitting on that base with a dome over it's gonna be sealed so it's gonna be really cool I'm really excited to see this happen he's gonna have an all of one so we have this bottom part here that you saw him just spin really quickly widen it out that also flatten it a little bit and then we have the dome and just sitting in the box over there behind Matteo and then we have our garage which is over here it's not about a thousand degrees it's holding our stem and our Cup inside there that Matteo has engraved on he is a an engraving maestro from Murano we're very very very pleased to have him here so he is the brains of the operation and Dane is the muscle and it takes a lot of skill to be either one of those two Matteo is from Murano and lives there currently he has his own business for engraving on glass so he ever in Murano check out his studio so sizing this up we want to make sure that it is a little bit larger maybe then the actual dome I can't be the judge of that though we'll see these guys are busy bees that's a question I didn't ask and so we have that dome there it is connected to the punty or that pipe there because of all the gathering right so that little connection there on the actual pipe is called am oil and that moil allows us to keep the piece on the pipe it has a kind of a waist in between the and between that bottom part and the moil there that is the neckline so we have a neckline there as well that's how we're gonna get the piece off of that pipe later so we have prepared for that even at this stage and you must do that at all times so with planning all this stuff right mateo comes in with his idea and we kind of hash it out and figure out how and why and who can do what all kinds of things but we also needed kind of a game plan for the whole thing and Dana and him sat down in earlier today and figured that one out together and any glass willing as well we kind of just have to have an idea of what we're doing because we need to make sure that our parts will work in the right way for the right reason the right time because we've got one shot we've got one shot to do this yep we can't put this down and go get some coffee pick it up tomorrow you know so we'll do it all in one shot all right so studio audience here I'm gonna tell you about this thing this is a vertical right horizontal it's a horizontal line up machine so we can put a pipe here and the thing that we made and then the pipe there and the thing that was on that pipe and put them together so you see how we're gonna do that and we'll show you that on the you online people wonderful online people will show you that when we get to it it's it wobbly so it's important that this stays sound you see we're gonna make sure it's not on wobbly ends excuse me and that way when we add this together we can get it as even and as you know we don't want to have any kind of areas where it's off-center okay we have a round disc it's black it looks red right now especially on the camera but again that's that black part getting warm so this is such a large amount of glass that we really really have to take our time and let this cool down so we have to let it cool down to a certain temperature kind of reiterate a little bit of that temperature so again Josh my going for another heat just to let it cool down a little bit slower that internal temperature is still very very warm so the longer we kind of wait and kind of give it a little bit of a flash which is just a quick little heat come back wait some more then we can get that all to one temperature that's very very challenging so we're not rushing through this we don't need to we don't want to here we go dated scratching the middle again so we know where the middle is that glass that look that cold glass that he had in his hand is sharp and so you can actually score kind of warm glass and my kind of woman I do mean you know maybe 1,100 degrees but it is rigid and you can score rigid glass with cold glass but it just melts away that's what the the beauty of this is is that you can score it you can add number here out of that button after he scored it and that button was so hot it just melted that little scar away cuz you're just essentially making a mark with the glass or in the glass instead of making a mark on the glass so Benjamin is gonna add a bit here he's gonna bring the bit over and Dayton want the bit straight up and down let the fall on to it so the glass moving as it wills cut that for you Dana is evening that out getting it on center by squishing it on making sure we don't have anything off-center making kind of a little foot there okay so we are going to start connecting all these things together the stim is inside of our garage and so we're going to have Catherine gather up a little bit of glass that a little bit of glass is gonna be kind of like our glue Torah handle which is the iron that she's working on we're going to stick that up we're gonna bring that over to that reheating chamber get it nice and warm up to our working temperature which is gonna you know be a hotter than a thousand these guys are good me communicating quite a bit now lots of talking lots of do this do that which is great we're all working towards one goal here Dan right now is putting a hole through this so if we have that thing so we have you know our cup in our our our goblet inside of our dome and there's no way to prepare to escape when we cool that down slowly it will fracture that cup it will actually cause it to explode so we don't want to allow that to happen we want kind of a a drainage and air drainage hole so that's what they interested with that tons tungsten tongue tungsten I'm sorry that's how today has been tungsten rod just poked a hole through that with that metal and now we have a hole through a base of it or a part of the base and so Catherine's gonna pick up the stem she's gonna get a little bit hotter inside that garage and then she'll bring it out we're gonna add it to the bottom of this so Dana's gonna add another hole just for good measure we're gonna have kind of two benches working here so we've got these two warming this stem up and she doesn't want to get it so warm she changes its shape so she's just gonna get it warm enough that we can bring it over to the stem row to the big base and add it on and so for glass to be sticky it has to be moving or above eleven hundred degrees for it to be sticky we wanted just a teensy bit hotter than that and so Matteo has taken he's made this stem at home he's engraved it there with his lane so he's got you know the stem and he can just carve marks in it and he goes and it's honestly a pretty ancient way of engraving engraving it's a pretty ancient art form so today in here is making sure that we have this even on our pipe so when we turn it it's not kind of off-kilter at one end so when we add the dome everything is sound also once he gets this to set up it won't move anymore unless he wants it to move so once he gets it set up everything is even and aligned he's good to go and you can kind of let it cool down all right so here is that lovely stem this is a pink stem she's gonna hand it off to Dane he's gonna kind of a line it up make sure it's ready to go and a moment we'll add it how many questions so far so once again our temperatures have to match he's gonna heat up the bottom so that it's sticky and Catherine will also keep that warm as he heats it up they will trade he will heat apart on that base as Catherine heats the other one and once those temperatures are matching and we like the way it's going Dayton will add those two together and we'll see that again because we'll break that piece away from that punty once more so we're gonna make sure that line between the punty and the piece is sound and breakable then we can add them so he made a little kind of what we call a neva leo there excuse me on the piece that he's got that been helped him ad so here we go we're gonna stick that on its gonna get it on center turn to make sure it stays and once we have that on and looking good we'll break it away from the putt there we go yeah I'll clap for that enjoy thanks everybody okay so wonderful break he used the coolness of his shears there he couldn't physically cut the glass but the coolness of the shears wrapping around and then him tapping one of those shears were broke of that away so good job so now I believe it's Cup time I'm not sure looks like it's a cup time and so if you were familiar with goblets we have a Napoleon when it's Tam on there if you're not we have a bit of glass it's about that long that's all one and we have a Napoleon on top of that which is kind of like a leeway between the two and here up on the screen is a video of Matteo doing this at home that is the actual sin that we put on there you see the lay the water fed lay that is a diamond bit there that is carving through that glass and he has a layer of color on the outside when he carves through that glass the clear comes out so you'll have kind of clear lines through that glass you can see how intricate he's working cuz he's barely turning that as he grinds in the amount of time he stays there is even each time so those lines are all the same length and same depth it's quite a task we must water feed our grinding tools if we don't the glass will get too warm and it will crack the glass beautiful work all right so Catherine here is going to get a cup ready momentarily negate our temperatures have to be right so we'll keep an eye on those temperatures all right so these two are keeping an eye on the piece while we check on other things we want to always keep that moil warm so that it will stay there not crack and so that our piece will stay on the pipe that's kind of the glue holding that piece on it's that moral that has all the glass on it so we'll always be heating that not necessarily always but we'll definitely be keeping an eye on it at all times once we've this Cup on we're going to add the dome to it so that'll kind of be like the the culmination of all the work we've done here tonight do you have any questions out there okay Catherines making what we call a dirty Ponte she'll try again and that is a punty with a little bit of dirt on it so that it doesn't adhere as much to that cup as a normal home Ponte would so that we can definitely take it off all right some more heat over there we're gonna add these two together so Dean it's gonna heat up the very top part of that that torch there is at 3,500 degrees so it's the warmest thing up here and we can use that to spot Heat hourglass really really quickly it's called a mid-range torch all right so we have some heat on that top part Catherines hitting that cup ready a little bit of heat on that back part she'll bring that over we'll add those two on tell it's already beautiful she will bring it over there we go add that on just like so little tap is gonna break that pipe away we have a cup attached to a stand that's attached to a bottom that will be attached to a dome all right so we're gonna reposition the cup I believe so didn't get in there with a little bit of glass touch it up again and we'll reposition it I can already tell it it's beautiful let's flower designs Dane will get it on center and catch it we'll do a little maintenance to it then add it to that of oleo all right so a little teamwork here little maintenance we're gonna look at that of oil on the stem make sure that we've got a nice eyeball you if not we will change it and the same thing over here kind of added different this will kind of get that a little bit of glass away from the cup so I'm gonna reposition here those guys get some viewing over there look at that little nub of glass away looks like it won't be on any of the lines at all all right so we're gonna add a little bit more to that of olio and so anna boyle is made of kind of like a flat spot and then a waste and then a flat spot that's kind of my version of how to explain what niveau leo's is made of so right now we have a flat spot in a middle part we just need another flat spot to go on the bottom so that's how we're gonna add that just a little bit but we call it Maryse we can flatten that out into the bottom part of the rollio so we're gonna add a little bit more all right so making that flat Dana once it a little bit larger for that cup then we'll add the cup here in just a moment it looks a little oblong which is fine we can just kind of even that out because everything's on center once it's on center we can even it out so again temperature is important keeping everything on center at it we'll make sure it's on center turn it all together as one and then that pipe inside will come off with a light tap yay let's give them hook all right applause great great great great all right so we're gonna even this out a little bit get that cup a little bit more oval or more round shape we'll be back in business so the key here is to not get that super hot again we don't want those beautiful engravings to get too warm and melt away which honestly would have to get them quite warmer so we won't be able to or we won't do that today so you can definitely see how every single piece of the team has been utilized even Mateos get in there it's gonna use some a little bit that torch heat up those jacks we want to have warm jacks when we're working with glass so that we don't thermally shock it or cool the glass down too much while we're working on especially when we're working with something this delicate and finely engraved so just a little bit on the outside we can easily easily form that up a little bit just like magic all right so we have the goblet they cup in the stem on the large large foot and then we're gonna pick up the lid Dean says so he's gonna get a pipe get some glass on the end of that stick it up to that lid that is inside of the box over there sitting at 900 looks like it's up higher he's got kale net a different temperature great great great temperature hose it's it's at 1050 stick it up bring it out heat it up as well we can't really attach it at 10:50 so we'll get it a little bit warmer than that and then we'll attach the two using this lovely contraption which for those of you at home we will show you once it begins to come into play so Katherine has opened this smaller hole quite a bit she's letting that heat come out of it she's also turning it down maybe but she wants that hold to not be such an abrasive heat on that Cup when we take it out so again thermal shocking is a definite risk to something so large so opening that up maybe it'll drop down to you know just a little bit less than 2,100 degrees be 18 or something would be a great heat for that just a minimal amount there so Danes gonna add a little wrap around the bottom of the cup there and add some some detail to the wrap so he's gonna do very very delicately all the way around it let that kind of stray away is the glass thins it closes down beautiful little twists of the tweezer there creates a nice frilly I'm sure there's an actual word but my favorite is freely for that right here comes the big moment it's like the beginning of the big moment so we'll this will take a sec but you have that turn that furnace turned a little damp more colder OOP until this here's the punty that we're gonna add to the bottom of that piece there that danes working on now okay Danes gonna go for it here he's gonna open that up he's gonna kind of stick it there it's gonna be a little wobbly he'll get it up and out of it into the hot oven there to start to warm it up and Dane has to move very quickly because the outside air is too cold for something a thousand degrees excuse me you can really see it moving quite a bit there as it kind of flops to each side that's because up punch he's a little warm which is great we've got this picked up and really nicely he's going to create a way for us to break it off easily so that line there is gonna allow us to break that piece off and we can start to get our temperatures ready again to connect the two together so in order to add these two together we have to realize that this pipe that has the cup and the base is going to take on a lot more weight that's why the punty or the sorry the moil of it's a little bit thicker so we can add that weight and not worry about that but we do need the temperature a little bit hotter so that when that weight is added will kind of be at a happy medium there we're also gonna torch the area that we're gonna kind of blend together and we do want those two to touch and fuse together so this will be a forever bond so Dana will touch the lip of that as well but remember we don't want to squander the shapes that we have so we want it to stick but not to squish you know we don't want it to shape differently so it's a fine line but these two are really good at finding it and we'll continue on so communication is also key once again these two need to and they have chatted about how this will go when it will go I'm going to use this contraption here in the cameras you can see a really nice ring of heat again remember look through our glassblowing goggles if you see different colorations the glass that means that it's warmer it's a little bit harder to see it and clear that it is in black lock is actually the easiest way to see it all right we're gonna do a little test drive which everything's clear all right so here comes Dane we're gonna add these two together all right add the two get that nice and even as possible here and then one person will get this and that person will be Catherine so dane will break that piece away all right so the dome has been added we have added everything together here now we must make sure everything matches everything is flush everything looks good feels good is good right temperature and movement I'll tell you what that cup sure is beautiful a little bit of heat on that bottom you're going to help to fuse that clear to the black base there since those two have been added we want to get that bottom part kind of polished it's easy to do that in gloss let's get it warmer and smooth it out so there is a scene that we want to polish away with the heat so we use the newspaper here to squish the two together working again as a team all these pieces coming together we also want temperatures to match so that area we just got really hot fused together right it's a lot hotter than the top part of that base now so we want everything to kind of be the same so all of our glass needs to go through a we call it an annealing cycle so this is soon going to head that way my kneeling cycle allows our gloss to slowly cool down so that we can get it down to room temperature responsibly if we don't slowly cool our objects they will crack and break so well then about an hour if we put this thing on a table and left to go get dinner and came back it'd be broken after that hour so we want to put this away into a kiln a box of heat in that heat will be at 900 degrees well let it slowly cool down to room temperature overnight this one might actually be on for a little bit longer well let's see and as we slowly cool that it allows that glass to realign itself and we can see that tomorrow morning or later sometime do we have any questions out there we have thumbs up I like that lots of thumbs up thanks guys thanks awesome I give them a thumbs up too they're doing awesome so one of those black boxes is where we're going they have just decided it's the top annealer now we have a program on that it's actually a beautiful state-of-the-art touchscreen on that annealer it's a beautiful thing and we can program it to come up to whatever temperature we want for however long we want we can put it on cycles we can put it on all kinds of different timing timing cycles so we have it at nine hundred and then we'll turn it down tonight that top part on the piece will be cold worked away and so that's something that it's kind of Matteo does engraving but with a wheel water fed diamond wheel right that's the same thing we would do for the table we'd grind it away and polish it sure you got it all right so we're about ready here so we're gonna break this off from that punty again a little bit of water strong tap some metal on it as well will thermally shock that we can break that away in the crowd goes wild all right everybody keep it going for Dane Jack Mateo seguso Kathryn Ayres Josh loves and Benjamin Ewing thank you all so much for joining us and everyone online thank you as well for joining us if you have further questions come down and chat to us we'd love to chat thank you so much for coming you

5 thoughts on “Matteo Seguso Guest Artist Demonstration

  1. So, who puts a thumbs-down on videos like this? No explanation in the comments? People are weird….

  2. The ease and skill with which he shapes the glass is evidence of his heritage as a son of the Seguso family of Murano. Bravo !!

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