Gaffer

Murano, Italy:

The glassblowing process begins when a specialized glass artisan called a gaffer lifts a molten blob on the end of a blowpipe.

Next, he blows, twists, pulls, and cuts the shape over a hot flame. Special glassmaking tools forged by a blacksmith are then used to form specific shapes such as handles, spouts, stems, and other shapes.

The gaffer continues to shape the piece until it results in its final form—a goblet, a plate, a vase, or another type of object.

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