It is our pleasure to introduce the latest addition to Niche's hand-blown pendant line: the Haze. This luxurious light features a unique gradient effect that flows from Opaline to transparent Crystal glass. Every Haze pendant is handmade by a team of talented glass artisans in our state-of-the-art Hot Shop. Learn more about our glass-blowing process to see how this stunning silhouette comes to life.
1. Color Dropping
A solid bar of color is heated to a certain temperature, causing it to change into a liquid state. The pipe is then lifted overhead (pictured) while gravity pulls the solid color down onto a second pipe. A Hot Shop member eventually gathers more glass on the second pipe, which is later used to blow our luxurious Haze pendants.
The gaffer then shapes the molten glass in a wet block, which is typically made of cherry wood, creating a cushion of steam that helps the bubble move smoothly and take shape.
The gaffer will use a wet newspaper to shape the hot gather of glass and smooth the color overlay. The blowpipe must always be turning to ensure that the bubble does not stick to the paper and create unwanted marks or flaws.
4. Mold Blowing
Next, the gaffer will inflate the rounded mass of glass in the mold, a technique that is called mold blowing. The gather expands within the wooden frame and eventually takes the shape of the Haze pendant.
A wrap, or a small gather of glass on an additional pipe, is used to stop cracks from traveling through the pendant. This technique will ensure that when the gaffer removes the glass from the blowpipe, it will not splinter and jeopardize the quality of the final product.
A Hot Shop member suits up with heat-resistant gear and holds the glass as it cracks off the pipe. Then it is "boxed," or put into the annealer to be gradually cooled and cold-worked. The final (and most exciting) step is packing and shipping the Haze pendants for their new home!