To make a glass bowl using Hand Glass Blowing techniques, a glob of molten glass, that has been kept at 2100 F in an oven called a furnace, is gathered onto the end of a long metal pipe (called a blow pipe) with a hole that traverses the entire length of the pipe. Air is blown through the pipe converting the glob of glass into a bubble. Through subsequent heatings (in a glory hole) followed by more blowings and further formations with tools like a wooden block, the bubble is eventually blown and formed into the shape of what will become a hollow bowl, with the opening of the bowl connected to the pipe.
The bowl is then transferred from the blow pipe to the end of another long solid metal pole called a punty only now the opening of the bowl-to-be is facing away from the punty. The bowl is now opened by heating the bowl-to-be in the glory hole and prying the closed bowl open with a tool called Jacks. Depending on how much the bowl is opened and to what degree, a bowl that is barely opened or opened just a little bit will become a closed mouthed bowl or closed bowl while a bowl that is opened much more widely will result in a open mouthed bowl or a open bowl.
In my early pursuits in bowl making I discovered that I was partial to the closed bowl over the open bowl. This is because in my own tastes as an artist there is a certain artistic quality that the closed bowl has that is missing from the open bowl. One is more apt to place a flower in the opening of a closed bowl or a bouquet of roses in a closed bowl than in an open bowl form. From an open bowl, one is more apt to eat soup or breakfast cereal and maybe be a little less artistic in the designing of the open bowl than with the closed bowl. I discovered that my tastes lean toward making closed bowl forms as opposed to open bowl forms so I made many of these closed bowls. Plus there is less work involved as you don’t have to open them as wide and thus can stop a little sooner when making them. Please enjoy my closed bowls. They are here for you to look at and to purchase if you so desire.
Each one of these closed bowls (and everything else in this gallery) is either in my Etsy Shop for sale or if not, WILL be in my Etsy Shop for sale in the future. Please enjoy looking through my gallery of closed bowls and if you are interested in any particular bowl that is not in my Etsy Shop, or if you are having a difficult time locating the exact one you are interested, please let me know and I will place it in my Etsy Shop for you to purchase or help you find it if you would so like.