The cold working process is not
well known even to many glass experts. Briefly stated, it is step-by-step
material subtraction. First a piece of glass is selected that can produce the
required finished form. From there it is cut into a rough shape with flat
surfaces by use of saws. Then the form is reduced to final shape by rough
grinding; curves are usually generated in this step. Next the piece is ready
for final polishing.
To accomplish this process, special tools and machinery are generally
required. This photo montage provides a window to the process. These images
and brief descriptions are a taste of the many tools and techniques that are
known to the practitioner.
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“We are living in the age of
photonics, where heretofore, theoretical knowledge of electromagnetic
radiation (light) is now being transformed into practical, life changing
applications. My work is a tangible symbol of this time."