there's a bunch of pictures here, i'd like to write descriptions, but i'm running short, so it'll be brief. soz. just be amazed, and look in envy.
an overview of the working space (which is only about 1/4 of the entire factory)
gather (x2) of glass goes onto the 'marver'
the guys push it into the shape we want
they press the pattern into it
then pizza tray guy scoops it up and plonks it onto the mold where jane is waiting. (i tried this job and botched it entirely. hooray!)
jane would do the final shaping
torch the edges to help prevent cracking whilst it cools
then loader gu grabs it on another pizza tray and rushes off to the other end of the factory to annealer. this kid claimed he was 17... i doubted it.
the annealer is a continuous feed guy. it takes 3 hours for it to slowly work thru and cool down. this seems pretty fast, but it seems to work...
at the other end you get the glass out. hooray!