First published in: 30 Grad Magazine, Issue 2020/2
Breathing life into a high art
Benedikt von Poschinger sports a casual-looking jacket, jeans and a buttoned-up shirt, and his blue eyes exude a warm and friendly demeanour. This sets him apart from his ancestors, who look down from paintings at the glassmakers in the kiln hall with a severe expression. Benedikt Freiherr von Poschinger von Frauenau is part of the 15th generation to run the Poschinger glassworks.
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David Arha (left) and Miguel Schwenk have to watch out for the blazing heat of the kiln.
The craftsmen complete the glass base of the table in the morning. This is heavy work, weighing more than 12 kilos when suspended from the pipe. Everyone knows what to do next. Master glassblower Christian Hagl places the finished base onto a fork-shaped stand to allow it to cool. David Arha stands ready to place the glass in another furnace, which is heated to 500 degrees and cools down to 40 degrees after three and a half hours. If the glass were simply left to cool in the air, it would shatter.
The edges of the lampshade are cut and polished in the cold glass processing. Here every product is checked for the smallest defects.
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Text: Grit Thönnissen
Photos: Sima Dehgani