How Glassblowing Reminds Me of Christ

April 8, 2014, I visited a glassblowing studio. As the teacher talked, telling each step involved in how to craft/mold a piece of art, I began to realize how the glass blowing process is a lesson or parable of how God through His Son created us from dust, and is molding and shaping us into what He wants us to become: obedient creatures that willingly praise Him because we by choice want to!

First off, a glassblower takes sand and heats it overnight until it melts into a water like substance. The next morning, as the sand that has melted into glass, cools, it thickens so that it globs onto a metal stick rod.

The thick glob of hot molten red hot glass is rolled back and forth to center it on the end of the metal rod, called a blowpipe, so it can have another layer of glass added, like the peels of a onion, until it is a large enough glob to make the desired object.

The rod is rolled back and forth, and then heated in a red hot tube called a "glory hole". This glory hole reminds me of the fiery trials God gives us to heat us up so we can be molded by His Son's master hands. 

God breathed into man His breath, just like a glassblower breaths life or shape into his project. 

God is refining, shaping, molding us into a piece of art, a perfect fitted stone for the building of His church. He created us from dust, breathed life into us, refines us by heating us up with fiery trials, so that we become shape-able, mold-able into His image, His character. As soon as our character is made like His - He will return to get those who are perfected by the Master molder and shaper... a master glass blower is called a gaffer. The one who checks and finishes the piece to be sure it has just the right shape and specs.

The gaffer spends a lot of time at the bench. This is where he manipulates the hot glass. The bench (which can be setup left-handed or right-handed) has two arms which support the blowpipe, and allows the pipe to be constantly kept rolling. There is a table to the left which locates the tools of the glassblower (jacks, diamond shears, wet newspaper) within easy reach.

On the floor is a metal or wood bucket which contains the wet tools such as wood blocks. The bucket can be in-front of the bench, or some gaffers prefer it behind the bench. If the bucket is in-front of the bench, pieces have a tendency sometimes to fall off the blowpipe and into the water, which is suicide for them -- but if the bucket is behind the bench, pieces can sometimes be saved even after they fall on the concrete floor. Click here to see an 800-pixesl image of my bench (made by Denver Glass Machinery) or or a really large 1600x1200 image

At the bench the gaffer sits as close as possible to the arm of the bench as possible (this puts him/her as close as possible to the piece, and provides for better mechanical advantage when manipulating the hot glass).