There is a strange contrast that comes into focus on rainy days in the hot shop. The mist and the murk that sits palpably outside, only stands to brighten the fire of the furnaces. The hot shop becomes as the eye of the storm, a place of serene and glowing heat amidst the storm. The glass glows a brighter, more entrancing orange. The heat laps at you like the tide. The feelings of the hot shop remain largely the same, simply more so for the bleak world beyond.
While all glass gives off light at very high temperatures, colored glass tends to give off far more. Something about the added opacity causes this effect.
It is interesting to note, that regardless of the color of the glass, it will glow some flavor of orange. The uninitiated will watch a glassblower work and silently (or not so silently) wonder why glass blowers love orange so damn much. While the colors do glow slightly different shades of orange depending on the original color, it can be very difficult for even a master gaffer to distinguish exactly which color it is while at working temperature. Luckily they cool rapidly, and it becomes fairly obvious.
On a dreary Vermont day, Rich Arentzen brought some color into the hot shop. You can see a short video here.
This peculiar looking image is of two trim remnants. There are many reasons a gaffer might end up trimming the lip of a piece; in this particular instance it was done to correct for a strange break in the piece. The uneven trims left a perfectly even lip.
In the end he made three brightly colored lamp shades for a private client. The tallest is about twelve inches, and bright orange. The other two are ten inch spheres and are a deep purple.