Glass Artist at Work

Photos by Gerry Broome

A huge grin appears on the face of glass artist Jonathan Michael Davis as he burns hole after hole through spheres of glass, making a popping sound.

A glassblower by trade, Davis uses a sabre of flame made of liquid oxygen and propane to manipulate glass into elaborate art and sculptures at his studio and playground in rural Chatham County near Pittsboro, North Carolina. The temperature from the torch in Davis’ studio rises along with the anticipation of a large glass sculpture in the making.

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