Episode 18 was recorded in Wellington in Prince Edward County at Armstrong Glassworks where I spoke with veteran glass blower Mark Armstrong. When I arrived, Mark was in the middle of making a tumbler, so I took a few photos of the process, and we later discussed things like the jacks tool and the process of switching to the punty or pontil rod (both shown below).

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Glass blower Mark Armstrong of Armstrong Glassworks in Wellington, ON
Mark Armstrong of Armstrong Glassworks in Wellington, ON
Beginnings of a tumbler - glass blower Mark Armstrong of Armstrong Glassworks in Wellington, ON
The tumbler looked like this when I arrived.
Jacks - tool - glass blower Mark Armstrong of Armstrong Glassworks in Wellington, ON
Shaping the tumbler with the jacks.
Setting up to transfer the work to the punty or pontil rod - glass blower Mark Armstrong of Armstrong Glassworks in Wellington, ON
Mark Armstrong, glass blower, setting up to transfer the work to the punty or pontil rod.
Cutting work off the blow pipe - glass blower Mark Armstrong of Armstrong Glassworks in Wellington, ON
Cutting the work off the blow pipe.
glass blower Mark Armstrong of Armstrong Glassworks in Wellington, ON
Starting to shape up.
Nearly finished the tumbler - glass blower Mark Armstrong of Armstrong Glassworks in Wellington, ON
Almost a tumbler!
Tapping tumbler off the punt - glass blower Mark Armstrong of Armstrong Glassworks in Wellington, ON
Tapping the finished tumbler off the punty/pontil rod.
Red vase by glass blower Mark Armstrong of Armstrong Glassworks in Wellington, ON
Red vase by Mark Armstrong
Green bowl by glass blower Mark Armstrong of Armstrong Glassworks in Wellington, ON
Green bowl by Mark Armstrong
Ornaments by glass blower Mark Armstrong of Armstrong Glassworks in Wellington, ON
Ornaments in the window at Armstrong Glassworks

To see more of Mark’s work, visit his website at armstrongglassworks.com or take a trip out to his studio and see the veteran of hot glass work in action. It’s a little bit of magic, I’m telling you. Armstrong Glassworks is located at 326 Second Ave. in Wellington, ON.

This show will be aired Wednesday, April 3 at 6pm and Friday, April 5 at 1pm.

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Photos by Lynn Wyminga, used with permission.