This is a piece I made not too long ago while I was experimenting with paperweights and large vessels. I really liked the idea of making a large wine decanter that contained a paperweight on the bottom. This would not only serve as way to keep a tall decanter from being too top heavy, if the decanter was empty there would still be a low center of gravity from the paperweight, but this would also create a bump in the bottom of the decanter to change the surface area. The change in surface area would allow wine to aerate more efficiently, thus giving the decoration a functional quality. This idea, as you might have noticed from the thumbnail, didn't exactly come to fruition. Frequently when glass blowing you, I need to adjust to the shape my piece is taking and rather than forcing an ugly decanter, put a handle on it and call it a pitcher!
Here are a few pictures of the process of putting the paperweight inside:
The paperweight is made ahead of time and kept hot, then when the vessel is made it is attached to the bottom.
I then break off the paperweight and push it into the pitcher using a wood paddle.
After adding a handle and creating the spout the piece is complete!
I hope to give this another try in the future and make a full fledge decanter!
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