See Niche's New Gradient-Treated Glass Created in the Hot Shop




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.


Color Dropping Glass Blowing

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. 


Blocking Glass Blowing

2. BLOCKING

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.


Papering Glass Blowing

3. Papering

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.


Mold Blowing Glass Blowing

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.


Wrapping Glass Blowing

5. Wrapping

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. 


Boxing Glass Blowing

6. Boxing

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!


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Posted on 8/9/18 11:57 AM by Samantha


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