Matthew Miller and his glassblowing team conduct a demo at the Bird Road Art Walk
Matthew Miller and his glassblowing team conduct a demo at the Bird Road Art Walk

Miami Glassblower Matthew Miller's Nickel Glass Brought Fire to the Bird Road Art Walk (Photos)

Glassblowing is the only traditional art where the artist can never touch his media, unless he likes the smell of burning flesh. The "glory hole," or oven where the glass is heated, operates at about 2700 degrees Fahrenheit. Glass is an "amorphous solid," because its crystalline structure is never fully stable, and it transforms to liquid with heat.

Matthew Miller, this year's Best Of Miami winner for glassblowing, held a demonstration at the Bird Road Art Walk that explained some of the physical concepts behind the art, and put them into practice live. Here's what it looked like.

Miami Glassblower Matthew Miller's Nickel Glass Brought Fire to the Bird Road Art Walk (Photos)

Don't touch the kiln.

Miami Glassblower Matthew Miller's Nickel Glass Brought Fire to the Bird Road Art Walk (Photos)

South Miami graff.

Miami Glassblower Matthew Miller's Nickel Glass Brought Fire to the Bird Road Art Walk (Photos)

Monir Madkour, Matthew Miller, Liz Amador-Escobar, Mr. Escobar

Miami Glassblower Matthew Miller's Nickel Glass Brought Fire to the Bird Road Art Walk (Photos)

Nickel Glass

Miami Glassblower Matthew Miller's Nickel Glass Brought Fire to the Bird Road Art Walk (Photos)

Starting the process.

Miami Glassblower Matthew Miller's Nickel Glass Brought Fire to the Bird Road Art Walk (Photos)

The "Glory Hole"

Miami Glassblower Matthew Miller's Nickel Glass Brought Fire to the Bird Road Art Walk (Photos)

"Gathering"

Miami Glassblower Matthew Miller's Nickel Glass Brought Fire to the Bird Road Art Walk (Photos)

Shaping

Miami Glassblower Matthew Miller's Nickel Glass Brought Fire to the Bird Road Art Walk (Photos)
Miami Glassblower Matthew Miller's Nickel Glass Brought Fire to the Bird Road Art Walk (Photos)
Miami Glassblower Matthew Miller's Nickel Glass Brought Fire to the Bird Road Art Walk (Photos)
Miami Glassblower Matthew Miller's Nickel Glass Brought Fire to the Bird Road Art Walk (Photos)
Miami Glassblower Matthew Miller's Nickel Glass Brought Fire to the Bird Road Art Walk (Photos)
Miami Glassblower Matthew Miller's Nickel Glass Brought Fire to the Bird Road Art Walk (Photos)

Colors

Miami Glassblower Matthew Miller's Nickel Glass Brought Fire to the Bird Road Art Walk (Photos)

Color wrap

Miami Glassblower Matthew Miller's Nickel Glass Brought Fire to the Bird Road Art Walk (Photos)

Glassblowing

Miami Glassblower Matthew Miller's Nickel Glass Brought Fire to the Bird Road Art Walk (Photos)
Miami Glassblower Matthew Miller's Nickel Glass Brought Fire to the Bird Road Art Walk (Photos)
Miami Glassblower Matthew Miller's Nickel Glass Brought Fire to the Bird Road Art Walk (Photos)

Nickel Glass also works with other artists in the area to show their work in his gallery. Dennis Escobar, of Splotchworks, currently has several works on display. Here's some of his charcoal work.

Miami Glassblower Matthew Miller's Nickel Glass Brought Fire to the Bird Road Art Walk (Photos)
Miami Glassblower Matthew Miller's Nickel Glass Brought Fire to the Bird Road Art Walk (Photos)
Miami Glassblower Matthew Miller's Nickel Glass Brought Fire to the Bird Road Art Walk (Photos)
Miami Glassblower Matthew Miller's Nickel Glass Brought Fire to the Bird Road Art Walk (Photos)
Miami Glassblower Matthew Miller's Nickel Glass Brought Fire to the Bird Road Art Walk (Photos)

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