About Us

ABOUT US

We are Emmi and Antti and together we are BLOUN. We’re more of  makers than story tellers, but here’s a little info on what we do.

We create colorful and unique glass pendant and table lamps. What makes them unique is the making process. We use no machines or molds and shape the glass entirely by hand (well actually there’s a wet newspaper between our hands and the 1000°C molten glass). The same way it was done two thousand years ago (not sure if they had newspaper back then). We’re dedicated to maintaining the ancient craft of glass blowing.

As we make the lamps to order you can pick and mix from our wide selection of colors for the shade, cable and other tiny bits. You can do this right here on our website and view the result in real time.

We are passionate about what we do and it shows in our beautifully crafted products. A BLOUN lamp is an accent piece that will bring joy to any home. :)

ABOUT THE PROCESS

Here’s just a few of the stages (the ones we were able to capture on camera) it takes to make a BLOUN lamp.

Every piece starts with gathering the hot glass on the blowpipe from a 1100°C oven.
The molten mass is shaped with a wet wooden scoop us glassblowers call the block.
Emmi hiding.
Once the piece cools down it needs to be reheated in the glory hole. Yes it’s called that.
Further shaping with a wet newspaper.
Checking the diameter. Not quite there yet.
Torching the neck in preparation for cracking the piece off the blowpipe.
After the piece has cooled down slowly to room temperature over 24 hours it’s time for cold work. Here Antti is drilling the piece.
The final stage of cold working is grinding and polishing. Now the glass part is done and we can start assembling the lamp.

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