The three furnaces burn at 2300 F, thus making them and the room like a visit to Hell. The gathering furnace contained 250 gallons of molten glass and is running 24/7/365.
Technique, gravity, focus and purpose are the most imprortant aspects to making a piece work. My pieces are currently in another furnace during the final steps and I will have pics of them soon.
Glass is an interesting material to work with to say the least. And very tricky. I have more admiration for the artisans and glassblowers now than ever. More to come. . . .