Kiva Ford makes his living in the centuries-old art of glassblowing, but with a modern twist, working with the American Scientific Glassblowers Society. As a member of the ASGS, Ford creates the custom glassware that scientists need for their experiments. Unusual shapes, and yards of glass piping are no stranger to Ford who masterfully manipulates them with super-hot blue flames.
Though he clearly cares a lot about his work, Ford is under no illusions and freely acknowledges the decline of the ASGS in the face of new plastics and the changing ways of modern science. And because the above documentary is made for Etsy, its a perfect segue into his artistic work, much of which echoes his interest in science. In his Etsy store, you can find a tiny anatomically correct model of a heart in a jar, or a chemistry set the size of pocket change. He also claims to have the world’s smallest Klein Bottle, a curious creation that has no clearly defined inside or outside.
Look on below for some pictures of from this amazing and dedicated craftsman.