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The Glassblower , Images from Waterford crystal and a Poem By : Jeff Crandall

Waterford Crystal Glass blower  Photography : Nigel Borrington

Waterford Crystal Glass blower
Photography : Nigel Borrington

The Glassblower

By : Jeff Crandall

This vessel has curves
pleasing to the eye, a soft lip,
a flat foot to rest on. I want to cup my palms
over the glowing color of its cooling,
but later. . . .

Now my eye is caught in the heat
of its final fire polish.
What dripped from the pipe
—radiant, thick as semen—
achieves fulfillment in the motions
of my own turning.

The amorphous, the malleable
awakens. There is a taste to the air here.
Steel. Iron in your mouth.

Waterford Crystal Glass blower 2

What formed at the glory hole
delicate as an adolescent
reflection in a mirror
cools in the first few minutes from that heat,
cools to the rigid shatter state.

If I hold this glass
suspended in the lit gas heat
I can watch it slump. I can let the thin walls
collapse and tear
back to a puddle of clear:

Waterford Crystal Glass blower 4

I wipe saliva from my chin.
I anneal myself with hugs.
I contain the polarized stresses.
I return to the cold of the holding shelf.

Waterford Crystal Glass blower 3

2 responses

  1. Waterford crystal is the best! I have a Waterford bowl that is 36 years old and it would probably be worth a bit now. It is a beautiful piece. Great post Nigel 🙂

    October 15, 2014 at 1:12 pm

    • Hello Norma 🙂 🙂

      Thats great to Know , very pleased you enjoy it and thank you for your very welcome comment 🙂 🙂 🙂

      October 15, 2014 at 2:56 pm

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