Image Above: Original BTC Mini Globe wall light £259
An offshoot of one of Britain’s great nineteenth-century glassworks, Original BTC acquired Birmingham-based English Antique Glass in 2011 with the aim of introducing new audiences to ancient glassblowing techniques.
Pictured below, Master Glassblower Walter gathers silica sand – a mineral compound – on a blowing iron. He works it by hand into a molten ball, free blows the ball to half its desired size before blowing it into a carbon mould for the smooth, shiny surface finish afforded by Original BTC’s unique silica recipe.
Molten glass is applied to the shade’s neck to strengthen and prevent cracks, then water is added to the neck to create a stress weakness spot. The shade is gently tapped to break it off the blowing iron, then left to cool before the neck is sanded. The highly skilled, labour and time-intensive process results in glass of the finest colour, clarity and brilliance.
The Globe was Original BTC’s first in-house manufactured glass collection and is available as a wall light and three sizes of pendant in opal, anthracite or seedy clear glass – each colour determined by the chemical mix of the silica.