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Bring the Heat: Chris Rochelle makes glass goblets with mesmerizing air-twist pattern stems

Watch Chris Rochelle create air-twist patterns in glass that become the stems of intricate goblets. This old and complex technique involves trapping lines of air in a gather of glass and twisting it to create a mesmerizing spiral effect. Joined by a trusted team of gaffers, this demo will rely heavily on teamwork, utilizing the “garage” (an oven to hold glass objects at the right temperature). Rochelle makes each separate piece and then assembles them into finished works of art. See the final goblets starting at 1:30:09 In our new live demo series, Bring the Heat, join us for a live stream of glass artists demonstrating their expertise and skillful execution while “in the zone.” During each demo, an artist will present a personal design they’ve worked to perfect, and they will be live on the mic to narrate as they work—a rarity for live artist demonstrations and a first at the Museum. Find the full schedule of glassmaking live streams on