BOWLING GREEN, Ky. — A new small business is open. That niche is unusual, making him only the second of its kind here in the Commonwealth.
Shane Spickard, owner of Sweaty Glass, turned his passion for glassblowing into a business.
Spickard has been fine-tuning his work since 2019, and fell in love with the art style after attending the Appalachian Craft Center in Smithville, Tennessee.
Spickard said: A rabbit hole of processes, materials, and glass. ”
Now he has converted the garage into his own glass manufacturing factory. He takes the molten glass from the hot stove and makes glass cups, vases, and other ornaments.
While it's hot, add the glass frit, which will later blend into the design.
Spickard said: It can also be a distraction. ”
Spickard heats the glass and repeats the process using several tools, such as tongs, and even his hand covered with newspaper until he carves the shape.
“It's about eight sheets of newspaper folded, soaked in water, and baked. It acts like a glove-like hand tool,” he explained of the process.
Finally, blow air into the blowgun to inflate and shape the vase. An incision is also made so that the vase can be removed.
Eventually you take it off and put it on your panties. Panties are iron rods used to hold and shape soft glass.
Spickard removes the piece from her panties and takes out a torch to smooth the glass.
Mr. Spickard said, “That way you won't cut your finger when you touch the bottom.”
After that, the vase is placed in the stove and left there for 12 hours.
Sweaty Glass is located at 144 W 10th Avenue in Bowling Green. Spickard teaches classes for people interested in glassblowing.