Ah the traditional glass
witches ball, with many varied folk lore tales for it's meaning
Here is the glassblowers
version of the glass witches ball.
Back in the early days of glass
blowing, a glass blower would put the beautiful creations from the
sweat, passion and toil of his day into the annealing oven to cool.
However, in the morning when he came to check on his precious
creations, it was discovered that the controllers on the annealing
oven had gone "whacko" in the middle of the night, thus
turning his beloved art into a puddle of color.
It was rumored that mischievous
"witches" came out at night and wreaked havoc in the glass
blowing studio. Thus the birth of the "witches ball". The
"witches ball" is to a glass blower, somewhat, what
"scarecrows" are to the farmer. Folklore has it that the
exasperated artist would hang these balls over his annealing oven to
catch these naughty "witches" in the middle of their fun.
These witches balls are
positively delightful with their intricate webbings made of fine
threads of glass. They are oddly shaped, bumpy in spots and they can
be created in any of the colors you see on this page or on the "glass
pages. We have posted a sample of a few, but by no means does the fun
(Due to variations in the glass blowing process,
every piece is different
and colors may vary.)