There is a glass blowing shop on Main Street at Disney’s Magic Kingdom where I love to go to get away from the crowds and watch the glassblower work his craft. This blower was making glass ball ornaments and each took about 5-10 minutes from start to finish. after watching him make about 3 balls I figured out how I wanted to take the shot.
In this part of the process the ball is almost complete. He is blowing air through the flexible tube, which attaches to the long metal tube holding the ball of hot, malleable glass. He is shaping the top of the ball which will have a small neck where the hole for hanging will be. As you can tell from the motion in the ball, he is rolling the tube attached to the ball back and forth to keep the ball from drooping and to shape the neck with the tool. Obviously its important that he keep his eye on the ball at all times (no pun intended) to adjust the shape. He never looked up, and I think the sunglasses were to protect his eyes from the unbelievably hot oven he opened from time to time to heat the glass to liquid.