The Glassmakers of England - The Making of Glassware

'Skilled craftsmen are seen at work in one of England’s famous glass- factories, where the traditions of an ancient trade are employed in the manufacture of modern glassware. Signal lights, lighthouse lenses, goblets, vases and bowls, are some of the articles which rely for their perfection on the trained fingers of the glassmakers. The processes of blowing, shaping and decorating are shown in detail.' [1]

Date: 1932
Duration: 20:--

A silent film.
Director: Robert J. Flaherty
Production Company: EMB/TIDA
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Length: 35mm: -. 16mm: -.


Director credit taken from various online sources.

Content Summary:

"Some of the techniques used by glass-blowers. One of the oldest crafts, dating back 4,000 years, the methods used today are similar to those of the Egyptians. Blowing a globe of glass (184) which is twisted and shaped, heated when necessary to keep it soft. Articles of different designs are shaped by means of moulds (328). Cylinders are lengthened by swinging them to stretch out the glass. The edges are trimmed with shears (395). Craftsmen make large flat dishes or decorative wine glasses (484). A blob of molten glass is transformed into a twisted stem which is then attached to the body of a goblet (566). The glass carver adds a pattern, in this case, a combination of engraving and relief work (677 ft)."[2]
  1. ^ Films of Britain - British Council Film Department Catalogue - 1939
  2. ^ Taken from the BFI catalogue entry for Glass Makers of England.