South Shields Daily Photo

A collection of images from South Shields and the North of England


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The National Glass Centre

Just a couple of minutes drive from South Shields to the National Glass Centre in Sunderland where the traditional craft of glass blowing is still practised (something which my younger brother used to do.)You will not the corrugated iron used as a shield to protect the craftsman from the heat of the furnace.

Appropriately South Shields was once renowned for it’s glassworks, and was noted for glassmaking as far back as the 17th century and by 1845 the town was producing more plate glass than anywhere else in England.

I have used a Photoshop action to produce this spiral notebook effect.

Camera details; Pentax K100D, 55mm lens,  1/60 second, f5.6, iso 800


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Written by curly

September 21, 2008 at 12:01 am

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  1. I recently visited a glass factory in Denmark. I even blew my own glass:)

    My Life in Montreal

    September 21, 2008 at 4:59 am

  2. It’s a fascinating skill to watch in operation. I love glassware, objects, sculptures. Dale Chihuly and Murano glass are favorites. Chihuly is a master contemporary artist. Why did you brother stop?


    September 21, 2008 at 5:06 am

  3. So good to finally get back and visit. Have been away alot on work and barely get to return visits. Am enjoying catching up with all your wonderful posts.
    Cheers from rabaul


    September 21, 2008 at 7:50 am

  4. That’s a nice photo Curly. 🙂


    September 21, 2008 at 10:13 am

  5. That is one hot job that takes some getting used to but I do like their work in the end when things cool down. Nice shot.

    Abraham Lincoln

    September 21, 2008 at 11:24 am

  6. The craft of glass-blowing has always fascinated me. Not something I’d like to try though — the heat must be awesome.


    September 21, 2008 at 3:01 pm

  7. I work for a US company that creates blown glass designs for the home (bowls, vases, stemware, etc.) I can literally walk across the street and watch the master glassblowers at work. No matter how many times I see it, it is always awe inspiring. Glassblowers generally work in teams of two, and the way they work together without speaking almost reminds me of a dance.

    Thanks for sharing!
    Melissa Dickerson
    The Pontilists

    The Pontilists

    September 25, 2008 at 3:31 pm

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