The same system of furnaces and wooded tools that were first designed and employed as far back as 50BC are still used by Rothschild & Bickers today. The lengthy production process begins when the master gathers out molten glass at 1100°c on the end of the blowing iron. This is shaped and blown using classical skills and craftsmanship to create the required form. Every piece is then slowly annealed and ready to be moved into the cold workshop.

Polishing & finishing

Once the glass form is blown, it then has to be ground and polished to accommodate the correct lampholder and fitting. This is a gradual process using diamond encrusted saw blades and flat bed grinders. The finished product is then assembled and tested, ready for packing. Carefully boxing the work for shipment is taken seriously to ensure safe passage to the client.

A glassblowing studio with a bench and glory hole
Mark Bickers stretching out a handblown glass form
Tools sparking on the outside of a handblown glass form
Assembly workshop showing glass pendant lights being put together