Michael Ruh

BBC4 Film on Michael Ruh

As part of BBC Four Goes Slow series,  Michael Ruh is featured in a beautifully-filmed portrait of the making of the Summer Pitcher. Filmed in real time and without voiceover or music, the film's focus is entirely on the  highly skilled process. An absorbing, repetitive process of blowing and rolling as Michael delicately teases and manipulates the molten glass into shape. Glass is heated in a crucible until it becomes liquid. Michael's task, shared by his assistant, is to keep the glass they gather hot and in constant motion as he breathes into it and shapes the expanding globe into the jug shape.