Adorable solid hand blown glass purple finch by Chris Sherwin, New Hampshire’s state bird. Chris’s blown glass sculptural pieces can be quite labor intensive, from the first gathering of glass from the 2100 degree furnace, to the final heat of the annealing oven. Chris does a lot of designing beforehand, blending custom colors from glass powders, and pulling multiple layers of canes and rods of glass, to make eyes and ears for animal sculptures, or custom leaves and flowers for torchwork designs. The finished pieces are air-cooled at the bench to approximately 1000 degrees, and then carefully placed in an annealing oven where they take about 36 hours to slowly cool. Finally, his work is then coldworked (ground and polished) on the bottom until they reach a high glass polish. After over 27 years of professionally making glass Chris has become efficient with his processes, coming up with new, innovative pieces that separate him from other glassmakers.
Each bird is hand crafted individually. Please expect some slight variation from photos.
(Price is for one finch)
4 ” x 2 3/4″ x 1 3/4″
If you’re ordering multiple items from the North Conway gallery, please call us at 603-356-2441. We may be able to save you money on shipping.