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Glassblowers show breathtaking skills

Monday, May 12, 2014 - 01:23

May 12 - Juggling a giant ball of molten glass is all in a day's work for masters at the finals of the Iittala Cup glass-blowing championships. Elly Park reports.

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Holding their breath is not an option for these men. Organized by the Finnish design company Iittala, the 28 contestants of the glassblowing championships are tasked with juggling their balls of molten glass to blow a plate, a cylinder and a sphere as big as possible within a six minute time frame. It requires knowledge about the material, technique, as well as a sense of rhythm and concentration. Dutch glassblower David Belien spills his secret. SOUNDBITE: Dutch Glass Blowing Contestant, David Belien, saying (English) "Mainly the biggest skill you need is to feel the timing of the glass. So you have to know how it stretches and if you don't know how hot it is or how it is going to move, then you are going to make mistakes." Glassblowing is an ancient form of art that began in 1st Century BC. And this event is one of the rare occasions where the general public can witness the amazing skills that are required to create everyday objects such as a vase or a cup. In the end, Hungarian Iittala employee Jozsef Ujfalusi blew away his competition to claim the day's top honor.

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Glassblowers show breathtaking skills

Monday, May 12, 2014 - 01:23