Vintage glassmaking on video

Take a step back in glassblowing time with this 1958 documentary Glas about bottle glassblowing.


The short film (about 10 minutes) won a 1959 Documentary Short Subject Academy Award for Dutch director and producer Bert Haanstra. Be particularly impressed by the fashion (especially the tie and jacket!), the nimble hands and puffy cheeks, the lack of high- temperature safety equipment, and the guy who multitasks blowing glass and smoking his pipe... oh and the total absence of women. How times have changed! Here’s the YouTube link. You can also find it by searching for ‘Bert Haanstra Glas’ on the website.

And while you’re looking at video links, here’s a quick one that shows how Bullseye flat glass sheets are made.