Monochrome Smoke Glass Jug Large by Jerpoint Glass, Kilkenny
Jerpoint Glass and the Leadbetter family from Co Kilkenny have led the way in creating a tradition of hot glass making in Ireland.
This large handblown glass jug has a beautiful clear glass handle and smoky, swirled charcoal grey body. It is perfect as an eye catching water jug (1.4 litre capacity) or to hold a display of seasonal blooms.
The process of blowing glass is fascinating! Before starting the glass blowing process, the glass is placed in a furnace that heats it to a temperature of 2000 degrees, making it malleable. Next, the glass is gathered by inserting one end of the blowpipe into the furnace, and rolling it over the molten glass until a “gob” of glass attaches to it.
The next step is to roll the molten glass on a flat metal slab called a marver. The marver acts as a means to control the shape and temperature of the glass.
The glass is taken back and forth from the marver to the glory hole, a hot chamber used to reheat the glass in order to make it malleable again.
To give each piece colour the molten glass is dipped in crushed colored glass, which fuses to the main glass piece almost immediately due to the hot temperature.
Once the main glass piece has been fused with crushed colored glass, it is taken back to the marvel where it is rolled again.