Traditionally, glassblowing involves the user's and assistant's own mouth and lungs to inflate molten glass. Due to COVID-19 and the requirement for face coverings while working, our team has developed a tool to allow for safe glassmaking: an Alternate Inflation Device. The Alternate Inflation Device controls a compressed air line, stepping down the air pressure to one or two foot pedals that can be independently tuned so the glassblower can have different pressure options.
What inspired you to make this project?:
The Alternate Inflation Device was built to allow glassblowing to continue in the midst of the pandemic. It was necessary to find a new way of blowing glass while keeping the glassmakers' faces covered. This innovation is one of a number of enhanced safety measures designed to keep visitors and staff safe at the Corning Museum of Glass.