A few years ago, I visited the Simon Pearce glassblowing factory.
I was awestruck by the whole operation.
In order to make glass pliable, it has to be heated in 2,400 degree fires.
Glassblowers have a short period of time to shape the glass before it hardens.
Often, glassblowers work in pairs.
The loud furnace makes talking virtually impossible,
so glassblowers use nonverbal cues to communicate with one another.
Hot glass can cut through skin and bone…
yet glassblowers create works of art out of molten silica.
Here I am at Manchester Hot Glass in Vermont, with Andrew.
He helped me make a paperweight, which sits on my writing desk.
Glassblowers are so skilled, they make shaping glass look easy.
It’s not. I couldn’t shape a simple round paperweight.
Andrew had to fix it for me.
I was so impressed by these men, I had to write a story about one.
The last thing Mitchell Blake needs is another hot-shot consultant to “save” his glassblowing factory,
but this one is different. She is hiding something. If he can unearth Jaye’s secrets, he might
have good reason to fire her…or keep her forever.
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