"American glassmaking and glassblowing are artforms that are deeply rooted in the history of southern New Jersey. From the first successful glass factory in Salem County, in 1735, to this day, glassmakers have passed down their traditions and techniques of turning simple grains of sand into beautiful works of art. This documentary looks at the history of the glassmaking industry in New Jersey, tracing the needs and uses of the varieties of glass from the colonial period of artisans, through the industrial revolution, to the renaissance artisan period of today. At the same time, the program conveys the passion that keeps glassmakers diligently pursuing their art despite the mass production that constantly threatens to render them obsolete"--
This program traces the glass heritage of southern New Jersey, the establishment of Wheaton Village and the Creative Glass Center of America. Featured are Tony DePalma making paperweights, Melanie Guernsey using a rib mold and a blow mold. At the end brief demonstrations by Dan Dailey and Lino Tagliapietra are given as part of "Glass Lovers Weekend". Also included in this filming are CGCA 1989 Fellows (glass students) Tracy Glover, Pam Gazale, Mark Fowler, and Mark Lorenz.
Primarily filmed at the Creative Glass Center of America at Wheaton Village, Millville, New Jersey.
Narrator, Josẽ Ferrer ; glass artists, Tony DePalma, Melanie Guernsey, Dan Dailey, Lino Tagliapietra.
Executive producer, Lawrence Holden ; director, Lowell Shaffer ; editor, Beth Glenn ; cinematography, Peter Montefusco, Henry Sayen ; music composed and performed by Tom Glenn.
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