An Art Glass Lamp Shade begins with a layer of molten glass on the end of a steel blow pipe which is then rolled on a steel table to create the shape. The artisan takes the heated glass on the blow pipe and rolls it over pieces of colored glass.
The glass blowing starts with a puff to create a small bubble. Then the artisan uses a variety of tools and techniques to create the mouth of the piece. Once the lamp shade is complete it is quickly transfered to a special oven that slowly cools it down
over a period of 14 hours. This slow cooling down is to prevent the lamp shades from cracking or breaking.