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Westmoreland Glass Company 1.)Making the Mold. As the Artist paints on canvas, the Mason carves in stone, and the Engraver etches on copper, so does the Mold Maker sculpture out with fine tools on the inside of a rough iron casting the pattern to be pressed in glass. Here the Mold Make is sculpturing a Westmoreland Reproduction of the Dolphin Shell Compote.




Westmoreland Glass Company 2.) Gathering the Metal. The required amount of molten glass to make the Dolphin Compote is gathered from the pot of glass on a punty rod by the Gatherer. This is then carried to the readied mold.





Westmoreland Glass Company 3.) Molding the Glass. The gather of molten glass is raised above the open mold where the Presser cuts off the exact amount necessary to fill the open Dolphin Compote mold. Then presses it by hand.





Westmoreland Glass Company 4.) Resetting the Mold. After the Dolphin Compote has been pressed and removed from the mold, the Presser resets the mold while the Gatherer collects another gather on his punty. The Compote is now ready to "warm in."





Westmoreland Glass Company 5.) The Glory Hole. The molded Compote is carried to the Glory Hole where it is subjected to an intense temperature of 1500 degrees. Here it takes on a glaze and is reduced to a semi-molten state for finishing.





Westmoreland Glass Company 6.) Hand Finishing, first operation. From the Glory Hole the Compote is given to the first Finisher. With special tools he shapes, by hand, the lip and neck. The Compote is then returned to the Glory Hole.





Westmoreland Glass Company 7.)Hand Finishing, second operation. After being reheated the Dolphin Compote is brought to the second Finisher, where it is squared up, and the bowl is shaped, top and bottom, then again returned to the Glory Hole.





Westmoreland Glass Company 8.) Hand Finishing, third operation. The still pliable Dolphin Compote is removed from the snap for the third finishing operation. Now the foot is shaped and the piece is carefully inspected before going into the annealing lehr.





Westmoreland Glass Company 9.) Fifth Inspection. The finished Bowl has been inspected by the Presser and the three Finishers before making a ten hour trip through the annealing lehrs. Now it is again carefully inspected before being labeled.





Westmoreland Glass Company 10.) Final Inspection and Packing. The finished Dolphin Compote that has passed all previous inspections finds its way to the packer who again carefully examines it for the slightest defect. If it passes approval it is then carefully packed to assure safe delivery.





The above information came from a small brochure that Westmoreland had published. I hope this helps answer any questions you may have on the production of glass.

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