Clear carved bottle with glass stopper.
Materials and techniques
The bottle and stopper are carved from a blank of 24% lead glass. The bottle is blown glass with additional heavy trails of glass applied to each side to provide extra thickness for carving. The stopper is also made on a blowing iron and stretched and curved to reflect the final form.
The entire surface of the blank is then carved using a wide variety of stone grinding wheels on a lathe or a flat metal grinding wheel. The stopper is carved to compliment (sic) the bottle form and is then ground into the bottle so that the two parts fit together.
The rough ground surfaces are then refined using progressively finer wheels, grinding grits and diamond pads.
Selected surfaces are then polished or sandblasted.