MAKING THE CRYSTAL
Iona Crystal is produced using sand called silica and when potash is added, it forms the raw material to be added to the furnaces. These furnaces reach temperatures of 3000 Degrees.
The Master Blowers then form the crystal into magnificent, exciting shapes, after which the crystal has to be cooled gradually to room temperature. This is called the Annealing process and can take up to twelve hours depending on the piece.
Adding the foot or stem to a piece of Iona Crystal is a very delicate process. The highly skilled Master Blower carefully places a piece of raw crystal to the base of the bowl.Holding the cutters he carefully cuts the exact amount of crystal to be shaped into the foot or stem.
It's time for shaping the foot.The Master with years of experience shapes the extremely hot and fluid-like crystal into the exact shape thats required.He gradually rounds the crystal until perfectly formed.
The Master Cutter takes the piece of crystal and using all his skills and talent, combined with a specially developed diamond wheel, he gradually forms the crystal into a work of art.
The cutting of crystal is a very delicate procedure. The crystal is held in both hands and placed exactly on the cutting point of the wheel, while water runs forward on to the cutting face. Pressure is then applied at a specific rate known only to the craftsman.