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GlassBarge docked at Canalside for glassblowing demonstrations

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) - Molten glass is 2,100 degrees, it's as hot as lava! When it's at this state you can practically make anything out of it.

"Glass making is really about controlling this material and controlling it's temperature so when it's really hot it's very soft, about the consistency of honey," said Helen Tegeler, Glass maker.

This weekend you have a chance to learn what glass making is all about on the GlassBarge at Canalside. The barge is making its way across the waterways of New York state to celebrate 150 years of glass making in Corning.

"We started in Brooklyn now we're in Buffalo and that's exactly what they did 150 years ago when they brought glass to Corning, New York and that business and enterprise is still thriving in Corning today," said Steve Gibbs, Corning Museum of Glass Senior Manager of Business Development and Technology.

It's an ancient art form that began about 4 thousand years ago.

"So all glass is made of silica, you add different things to it. It makes different kinds of glasses so we're using a soda lime glass. So they melt all of those things into a furnace like we have here and then that turns into molten glass," said Helen Tegeler, Glass maker.

After the molten glass is molded into a vase, bowl or flower and it's cooled off, here's what the finished product looks like.

"They do make it look easy but usually it takes about 6 years to just learn really the basics of glassblowing," said Gibbs.

This weekend you can see a free glassblowing demonstration, but you can't actually make something out of glass here this weekend. For that you will have to head to the Corning Museum of Glass.

For more information about the Glassbarge here this weekend go to https://www.cmog.org/glassmaking/demos/hot-glass-demos/glassbarge


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