WATCH: Hot torch as artist blows glass in News 4 studio

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB)- Artist Eric Goldschmidt brought boxes of gear to the News 4 studio as he prepared to do a live demonstration, featuring glass blowing.

“It takes some time to get set up. The torch is around 4000° Fahrenheit, and runs off of propane,” explained Goldschmidt, as he carefully held glass tubes in front of the blue and white flame.

Goldschmidt is with the Corning Museum of Glass in Corning, N.Y., which just expanded. The museum opened its new Contemporary Art and Design Wing in March. It is the largest space in the world devoted to the display and creation of contemporary art and design in glass. The expansion features a 100,000 square foot addition, including a 26,000-square-foot gallery space and a 500-seat live glass demonstration facility. You can go and watch the artists create these glass masterpieces yourself.

As Goldschmidt describes it, he takes the glass tubes and holds them in front of the flame until they are hot enough to the point where he can blow on the end of the tube. That’s when the hot section of tubing expands, and he uses tools to shape it into whatever he envisions. During his visit to News 4, Goldschmidt created a flower.

Goldschmidt also travels and does demonstrations at various festivals. He always finds a way to give his creations as a gift.

“When we do the children’s shows, we make little glass animals and then raffle them off throughout the weekend,” said Goldschmidt. The artists never sell any of the works they make during demonstrations.

It took him about one and a half hours to finish the flower he created in the News 4 studio.

You can learn more about the Corning Museum of Glass, and how you can take glass blowing classes, at the museum’s website.

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