Thursday, June 22, 2017

Seattle-based glassmaker visits Williams-Sonoma on July 5

"From sand to hand to heart"

Posted by Mary Scott Hardaway on Thu, Jun 22, 2017 at 12:01 PM

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If you're looking to up your glass game — we're talking stylishly sippin mimosas Sunday mornings and Prosessco Friday nights — you need to invest in a Glassybaby hand-blown glass. Not into hydrating? They have one of a kind votives too. And the best part? This West Coast biz gives back almost two million dollars a year to nonprofits that help people, animals, and the planet. And on Wed. July 5, this West Coast marvel visits William Sonoma on King St. from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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More than 80 glassblowers, working out of "hot shops" in Berkeley and Seattle, handcraft these vibrantly colored vessels through an extensive process. To begin, an overlayer dips a blowpipe into a 2,300 degree furnace, spinning it around to gather clear glass. A colorist then lets a molten bar of colored glass "droop" over the hot bubble, rolling it smooth. The glass is then transferred to a different rod; a trimmer spins and shears the lip of the votive simultaneously. Then the Glassybaby logo is stamped on the bottom of the glass before it is placed into an annealing oven which brings the incredibly hot glass temperature down. 24 hours later, your Glassybaby glass is ready for use.

Ten percent of all proceeds from Sonoma's event will benefit A Healing Grace, an organization that serves as an advocate in the advancement of childhood cancer treatment options.



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