Heart of glass

Chiles described the process of turning sand into glass into art.

"Elements are made from hot molten glass gathered from the furnace and worked on the end of a solid metal rod. When each element is finished it is put in a gas fired oven called a garage where it is kept hot until it is time to attach it to the finished vessel," he said.

"For the vessel, molten glass is again gathered from the furnace but this time on the end of a long hollow metal tube called a blowpipe. The glass is blown and shaped at the glassblowing bench. A gloryhole is used to periodically reheat the glass during the shaping process. Reheating keeps the glass soft and pliable enough for the glassblower to continue working the glass."

To learn about John Chiles' art and Hub Consolidated's products, visit the Web sites johnchilesart. com and hubglass.com. Chiles work is available at a number of Vermont craft shops. His Orwell gallery is open 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday. For directions, call 948-2209.

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