In addition to lampworked paperweights, Clinton Smith offeres blown vased with paperweight stems. Smith has been working in blown glass for 15+years.
Each paperweight combines the delicate glass elements with the beauty of a crystal dome encasement. Elements featuring flora & fauna are made by the process of lampworking. This includes using colored rods of glass and a torch, which melts the glass so it may be worked into the shapes and designs desired. After the elements are made, they are assembled together into a composition to reflect the environment in which Smith wants to create. Next, glass crystal gobs encased the assembled design in a kiln. The crystal mass including the assembled design inside are formed into a spherical shape with tools, torches and a hot oven called a Glory Hole. Finally, the paperweight is cooled very slowly in an annealer from 960 degrees to room temperature for 40 hours, then bottom is ground down to a polish and the paperweight is signed.