The glass glows bright orange as it is heated to 2500 degrees Fahrenheit in the oven’s “glory hole.” Tim McFadden, who has been blowing glass for 12 years, shapes and cools the glass, manipulating it to his vision. He uses a blowpipe as he slowly spins the hot liquid glass and expertly molds the colorful mass.
McFadden is the owner of McFadden Art Glass on Eastern Avenue in east Baltimore. He found his love for glass blowing while attending Salisbury University on the Eastern Shore. His older brother, Marty, actually established the glassblowing courses at Salisbury.
In 2006 he retrofitted a custom glassblowing studio and gallery where he currently works and teaches classes in glassblowing. McFadden makes hundreds of pieces including chandeliers, vessels, bowls and sculptures, which you can purchase at his gallery or commission a custom piece of work.
If you want to try your hand at learning the craft of glassblowing you can sign up for group four- week beginner sessions or even private beginner lessons.