Ignis Glass Makes Ornaments and Christmas Memories in Chattanooga
Ignis Glass opens up their studio all year long, but this time of the year, the furnace is going almost non-stop so customers can create their own hand-blown glass ornaments.
Inside Ignis, in the heart of Chattanooga's downtown, decking the halls takes a ton of temperature. “We got the furnace at 2,000 degrees,” owner Chris Mosey explains, “it's 400 pounds of molten glass.”
Mosey opens his Broad Street studio to the masses putting this seasonal sculpture in your hands. “We introduce a very foreign material to people that would otherwise never see it,” he explains, “especially kids at that age.”
With safety glasses in place, Hayden and Kendall become part of the artistic process. After taking a shot of glass out of the furnace, Mosey rolls and shapes the ornament. The second shot of heat binds the color.
Then this breakable ball of glass is molded. “Now we are going to do a shaping process, to give it a more symmetrical shape and easier to blow an ornament out of.”
After a few puffs of hot air are added customers create a Christmas keepsake that's one-of-a-kind. All with the guidance of an accomplished artist, who's passing on his expertise to even the smallest of sculptors.
“It's a smile factory,” Mosey says. “People just love it. They see their ornament they created, they know their breath is inside of it and they got to be a part of the process.”
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