Meredith Wenzel, artist and owner of Glass City Blews Studio in Toledo, Ohio, developed a complicated process of creating the appearance of bubbles in glass. The process, known as dissindebulle , is patented by the artist and has won the awe of many around the world. One of her bubble pieces was chosen to decorate the U.S. Embassy during the Russian peace talks. She has pieces displayed in museums around the U.S., as well as, in various other countries. Mrs. Wenzel explains the process as one that requires great concentration.
Dissindebulle has many steps;
the end result is layers of precision and beauty. In the first
step, the artist blows a clear piece about the size of a round
drinking glass. A thin layer of color is applied to the inside
the piece. A diamond engraving tool is then used to cut a
pattern on the inside of the glass. After engraving, the
piece is taken to an oven and heated from 950 degrees to 1000
degrees Fahrenheit. While the first piece's temperature is
slowly increasing, a larger piece is being blown. The first
piece is taken out of the oven and brought back to one of the
furnaces. During the final step, the artist climbs a ladder
and slowly lowers the first piece into the larger piece.
She slowly blows the smaller piece so it lays against the
larger one. The coalescing of the two create a clear
appearance of bubbles in glass. To see one of these pieces in
person is a pleasure. The bubble pieces each have a
personality of their own. Meredith sells about one of these
pieces a year. She has held on to many of her best pieces and
plans to give one to each member of her family.