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Lia Chang Photos and Video: Blowing Glass with Arlan Huang

Artist Arlan Huang invited me to a glass blowing session with his team, Kevin Scanlan and John Brekke, at Scanlan Glass at Pier Glass in Red Hook, on November 18, 2014.

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Video footage by Lia Chang. Editing by GK.

Attributed to http://www.wikihow.com/Blow-Glass
Glassblowing is the art of creating glass sculptures by manipulating molten glass.

John Brekke and Kevin Scanlan at Scanlan Glass at Pier Glass in Red Hook. Photo by Lia Chang

John Brekke and Kevin Scanlan at Scanlan Glass at Pier Glass in Red Hook. Photo by Lia Chang

The molten glass in the furnace should be about 2,025 to 2125° Fahrenheit.

John Brekke blows into the pipe to create a bubble. Photo by Lia Chang

John Brekke blows into the pipe to create a bubble. Photo by Lia Chang

Introducing color onto a cooler post. Photo by Lia Chang

Introducing color onto a cooler post. Photo by Lia Chang

Arlan Huang and Kevin Scanlan shaping the glass piece. Photo by Lia Chang

Arlan Huang and Kevin Scanlan shaping the glass piece. Photo by Lia Chang

Arlan Huang shapes the glass piece, while John Brekke rotates it. Photo by Lia Chang

Arlan Huang shapes the glass piece, while John Brekke rotates it. Photo by Lia Chang

Arlan Huang and John Brekke cut in, and create score lines in the piece’s neck with large tongs known as jacks. Photo by Lia Chang

Arlan Huang and John Brekke cut in, and create score lines in the piece’s neck with large tongs known as jacks. Photo by Lia Chang

Arlan Huang trims the lip with shears. Photo by Lia Chang.

Arlan Huang trims the lip with shears. Photo by Lia Chang.

Arlan Huang, Kevin Scanlan and John Brekke attach the bubble on to the post. Photo by Lia Chang

Arlan Huang, Kevin Scanlan and John Brekke attach the bubble on to the post. Photo by Lia Chang

Arlan Huang attach the bubble on to the post. Photo by Lia Chang

Arlan Huang attach the bubble on to the post. Photo by Lia Chang

Arlan Huang uses a blow torch on the glass piece. Photo by Lia Chang

Arlan Huang uses a blow torch on the glass piece. Photo by Lia Chang

Arlan Huang in the Scanlan Glass Blowing Facility. Photo by Lia Chang

Arlan Huang in the Scanlan Glass Blowing Facility. Photo by Lia Chang

Arlan Huang cracks the piece off of the pipe using a wooden block to tap the pipe forcefully. Photo by Lia Chang

Arlan Huang cracks the piece off of the pipe using a wooden block to tap the pipe forcefully. Photo by Lia Chang

Kevin Scanlan, Arlan Huang and John Brekke at Scanlan Glass at Pier Glass in Red Hook. Photo by Lia Chang

Kevin Scanlan, Arlan Huang and John Brekke at Scanlan Glass at Pier Glass in Red Hook. Photo by Lia Chang

Glass Blsowing tools of the trade. Photo by Lia Chang

Glass blowing tools of the trade. Photo by Lia Chang

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Lia Chang

Lia Chang

Lia Chang is an award-winning filmmaker, a Best Actress nominee, a photographer, and an award-winning multi-platform journalist. Lia has appeared in the films Wolf, New Jack City, A Kiss Before Dying, King of New York, Big Trouble in Little China, The Last Dragon, Taxman and Hide and Seek. She is profiled in FebOne1960.com Blog, Jade Magazine and Playbill.com.

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