glassblowing-21.jpgThere was a great demonstration today in the exhibition hall by Andrew Pollack, a local artist who does incredible things with glass. Experimental chemists use beautiful glassware every day, but in the age of Quickfit it’s now pretty rare to actually see glassblowing in action. Pollack twists, rolls and blows the glass like a pro – he’s been doing this for ten years – and by the end of the demonstration there’s a crowd of about forty people gathered around his workbench.

Did you always want to be a glass artist, I asked him afterwards. ‘My mom’s an artist, and I’ve always liked fire, so it seemed like a natural choice,’ he answered with a smile. The perfect career for any budding pyromaniacs out there …

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