Jamestown: Natural Gas, Natural Glass

glass.jpgOne reason to support the Department of Interior’s new five-year plan that allows development of energy resources in the Outer Continental Shelf at least 50 miles off Virgnia: Without a reliable, affordable supply of natural gas*, future replicas of historic glass-blowing sites may be in danger.

*Visitors can see the remains of the original furnaces used by those early glassblowers and watch as modern glassblowers produce wine bottles, pitchers, candleholders and various other glass objects. Today’s glass furnaces are heated by natural gas, rather than by wood as in 1608. Glassblowers, however, use tools and methods similar to those of the 17th century. [National Park Service]

P.S. Alack, we missed the Corning Museum’s “Hot Glass Roadshow,” on display at the Jamestown events this weekend.

Working from a fully-equipped mobile facility that serves as both studio and stage, Roadshow artisans — master glassmakers from The Corning Museum of Glass — entertain and educate while creating works of art. One of the Roadshow’s most popular programs is called “You Design It; We Make It.” In this segment, members of the audience sketch items and artisans create selected audience drawings in glass.

Four hundred years of manufacturing in what would become the United States — quite a reason to celebrate!