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Home Expert Carisha Tries Glass Blowing


– We’re here in Quechee, Vermont today visiting the Simon
Pearce Factory and Store. Simon Pearce is known for
their amazing hand blown glass pieces, ranging from tableware, like wine glasses, to decorative
items like flower vases. And yes, there is a real Simon Pearce. Today, I’m gonna learn
the art of glassblowing and make a quartino pitcher, and find out why this pitcher
is worthy 130 dollars. Let’s hope I don’t break anything. (calm hip hop music) Everything starts with this fiery liquid that’s just superheated sand. This is 2000 degrees, and that’s what’s is going to go on the stick. Heating it up and ultimately molding it into what he wants it to be. – [Jake] What he has in his
hand there is called the block, essentially it’s kind of
just like a wooden spoon or cup and it just
creates a nice round shape and cools the glass, creates
a shell on the outside, so when he put the air in like that, it doesn’t just blow out. (upbeat music) – So now we’re going back
into the fiery pit here, back into 2000 degrees, where he’s gonna put more glass on it. I literally feel like
I’m melting right here, but these guys are used to it. I mean they’re making it look easy, but this is something
that does take a while to apprentice for, and
everybody here is actually been trained here at Simon
Pearce, which is amazing, so you don’t have to
come in as a glassblower. You don’t have to know any of the stuff. They’re gonna teach you everything that you need to know right here, which means that I’ll learn everything and be able to do this by
the end of the day, right? Right? (laughing) – [Jake] If he went and just
kind of tipped it up right now, all the new hot stuff would just drip off from that bubble. – [Carisha] But how does he know when it’s the right temperature, is it just kind of, that you just know. – The wiggle maybe, that, uh, you know.
(Carisha laughing) – It’s gotta wiggle, is that what it is? – [Jake] That’s one of
the characteristics, the color, the wiggle. – [Carisha] So what is this thing that he’s actually using to protect his hand? – [Jake] That’s newspaper. – Like you would think it
would be something else, but it’s not, it’s just
old, not even old newspaper, it’s just newspaper in
general that they use to protect their hands
from what is something that is 2000 degrees, and
if you were to touch it, I think your hands would be gone. – It’s almost better
to touch that hot than (laughing) like 1200. – Really, why? – It sticks at 1200. – Freaking out, alright, great (laughing). So one of the coolest
things about being here is that they make all their own molds. The molds are actually made both in metal and in wood, which you’re
gonna see over there, and so everything that
you see here opens up and becomes something else. What all these are, I don’t know, but they definitely do
know because each one has a marker to tell
you exactly what it is and what it’s gonna create. We’re kind of in a basement space. It smells like cow manure,
and I’m pretty sure that’s just because of
the way the smell is when water and wood sit forever. We’re gonna see that in this space. This pile of water and wood is the reason that it smells like cow manure down here. I don’t really know why, but
these are all fruit woods. They soak the wood in
here so that when they put the 2000 degree glass into
here and are blowing it, it doesn’t actually burn the wood, so the water stops it from burning, and essentially almost creates
like a steam effect inside. It’s really counterintuitive,
you would never think that wood and heat would go together, but for some reason, this is something that really, really works. – [Jake] So he closed the mold, and now you can see he’s
actually blowing into the pipe, filling up the glass inside the mold. As that’s happening, as well
as him stretching it out and fitting there out the glass. – [Carisha] Right. – [Jake] Also helping cool things up. After he’s been in there
that amount of time. – [Carisha] Oh wow. – [Jake] The glass sets up, and we have the starting
point of the actual piece. – That’s amazing, here comes
the two person part right now. So he’s putting the stamp
on the bottom of it, that’s gonna make it
easy to breakaway later. Boom. – [Jeremy] Alright now he’s heating it up, and it’s about 2600 degrees in there. It’s called the glory hole. The indium glass right there. – [Carisha] Yes. – So you can see right through there. – Don’t look directly into the light. – See those spots you’re seeing now, yeah. – It’s going back in to heat up again, so that he can make the lip of this piece. Once it comes out, he’s gonna cut the rim, and then be able to shape it, so that it’s a beautiful
lip for the pitcher. – [Jeremy] So now he’s gonna cut the slope of the pitcher. – [Carisha] I mean it’s amazing the way that just comes off. – [Jeremy] Yup. This is still really,
see this is really hot. – [Carisha] Oh yeah, look at that. Oh my gosh. – [Jeremy] So he’s gonna heat it up again, just cause that cut left
little jagged little edges. – [Carisha] Right. – [Jeremy] So that’s
gonna smooth it all out, once he’s ready, he’ll come out, and I’ll start the handle. – [Carisha] So anytime that
it’s going into the fire, it’s sort of melting
itself in there again. – [Jeremy] Yup. – [Carisha] Okay, so
that you can do the forms that you want to do. – [Jeremy] Yup, and
once it turns a crystal, you can’t really do any, you can’t cut it. – [Carisha] Right, right. – [Jeremy] You can’t move
it around or anything. – And you wonder why this
pitcher is more expensive, this is why it’s a two-person job. It takes these guys to create it. It’s gonna go into that
furnace to cool for eight hours before it even comes out
and can be finished off and packaged, this is really
what artistry is about. – [Jeremy] Alright, it’s gonna
be your time to shine here. In we go. (laughing) – So I’m going back into
the fiery pits. (laughing) – Bring it straight up. – Bring it straight up. – And then I’ll, and you
just got to hold it up, present it to me. – Okay. – [Jeremy] Now don’t let go though. – Never let go (laughing). – Hold onto it, but let
me kind of control it. – Okay, so no matter what, I’m holding onto the stick, right? – [Jake] You’re never letting it go. – Okay, I just need to
hold this thing straight. That’s my only job. He’s gonna do me a favor and roll this. – Yeah, it’s still pretty hot. It’s still kind of liquidy.
– Um, you think? Yeah, it’s pretty hot (laughing). – This is called the
marver, and basically, just a big piece of steel to roll out– – This is called the barvor ’cause I keep calling it the stick. – Uh, the mar– – [Carisha] Oh, this is the marver. – [Jeremy] The marver. – What is this called? – This is just an iron. – Okay, so like stick was fine. – Candle iron. (Carisha laughing) Yup. – Remember my only job here
is to hold this thing upright. – Oh, you got it. – So if I fail at this,
that’s a huge problem. – Here we go. – [Carisha] He’s gonna tell me when to go. – [Jake] Lift it up. – [Carisha] Up higher. – There you go, you’re good. Stretching it out, now
is where you hold it. – [Jeremy] You hang onto it, hang onto it. – And I’m done? – [Jeremy] Yup, I’ll take it. – Oh my God, I did it! – You did it. (calm hip hop music) And then we’re gonna go put
it in the it’s called a leer, about 1000 degrees in there. He’s gotta chip it off. – [Jake] The whole point
of the end of the X. – [Carisha] Oh, it’s to get it off easily. – [Jake] Yup. – [Carisha] Without breaking
it into a million pieces. – [Jake] Yeah, kind of– – [Carisha] So remember that little X? Yeah, that little X that
we did at the bottom? He’s using literally a
butter knife you said? Yup, a butter knife to be able to break it off the bottom, and that’s what that X was
that they put in before. Oh, wow. – Look at the mark. – [Carisha] See right there? This is still hot, not touching it. – [Jake] Very hot. – [Carisha] Back into another
hot room for eight hours, where everything will
come to one temperature, and then keep moving down the line until it cools and it’s basically ready to be packaged and sent out. This is yet another hot spot. On the other end there,
that’s where we actually put in our finished glass product, but in order to get the entire thing at the same temperature,
it starts off down there, a little over 1000 degrees,
as it comes down the line, over an eight hour period, it cools down, and cools down, and cools
down, ’til it’s finally ready to be packaged and shipped out. So right now, we’re in
like the little abyss of Simon Pearce’s factory. You can see around us all
the glass that has spent that eight hours in that machine, going from hot to cool. This is the finished product. I’ll take one of these
please, perfect for wine. So one thing Simon Pearce
is definitely known for is the holiday season, so all year-round, they’re always making holiday. Here you’ve got some of
their Christmas trees, which are totally iconic for them. Selling out super fat, these glasses are the perfect wedding gift. Cheers to both. (glasses tinkling) Everybody wants a beautiful
sounding champagne glass. Right now Natasha here is in charge of making sure that everything you get is beautifully packaged and of course, we’re talking about glassware here, so she’s also got to make
sure that it’s protected. So they do use like a
stronger kind of material to make sure it’s wrapped and comfortable while it’s actually traveling. And then finish them off
in one of the classic boxes and with a beautiful bow, so
that is the finished product and when you get a gift, you’ll know that it’s Simon Pearce because of that. (upbeat music) So now we’re finally in the actual store. Simon Pearce flagship store
where all of the glass that we’ve been making
today eventually shows up, and is for sale. So you can see everything around you. They’ve got wine glasses,
they’ve got shot glasses. They got vases, fruit bowls, pitchers, anything that you could want. A lot of pieces are
also decorative pieces, so candle holders, things like that, pieces again, that’re
those personalized pieces that we talked about are also here. So these are I can barely pick it up, it’s so heavy, these are soapstone. And soapstone base with whiskey glasses. The cool thing about this is
if you’re a whiskey drinker, which I am, I love bourbon,
you can put this in the freezer or put this in the fridge, it’s
gonna hold the temperature, so when you go to put your
whiskey in the actual glass, this is gonna cool it
down, so you don’t even have to worry about putting
those ice cubes in there. And they also have the soapstone cubes just in case you want it to
just stay cold naturally. Also gonna be coming in beer glasses and in shot glasses for the
holiday season this year. Beer glasses next year in 2020. This is the Woodstock balloon wine glass. The crazy thing about this glass is for like a bad workday or perhaps a really fun weekend, this glass, that doesn’t look that
big can actually hold an entire bottle of wine. Hopefully, nobody has that bad of day, but hopefully everybody
has that good of a weekend. This is the quartino
pitcher, and this is the guy that I made earlier,
well, when I say made. I mean I put on the actual handle. It comes at a price of 130 dollars, but the reality is now you know why. It took two guys to make this. This is all blown from two
single pieces of glass. It’s amazing to watch the process, and it’s a really special piece. The value is in the fact that
it’s made by true artisans, and you’re gonna have this forever. So this room is the seconds room. Seconds kind of means not perfect, and so if they’re, even
though it’s handmade, some things still might
be a little irregular, so you can see that the
glassware’s still beautiful, like here’s a candle holder that still has that amazing design on it. To me, there’s nothing wrong with it, but on average, you can
find things down here that maybe you see in the regular store for maybe 25% off of the regular price, so if you’re buying
something for yourself, this is a great place to look. (upbeat music) This day’s been amazing,
but there’s one more stop I have to make, and that’s at the bar. So what better way to end your day than with a twist on an Aperol Spritz. This is Rebecca’s version,
and it’s got Barr Hill vodka, Aperol St. Elder, kind of like
a St. Germain-esque drink, and topped with Prosecco, cheers to that. Ah. (upbeat music)

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