Minimelt Glass is a small company based in Wiltshire, England, producing hand-built mobile glassblowing furnaces. Minimelt was the brainchild of glass artist KT Yun who teamed up with engineer David Billington to develop them into production.
KT’s sister company The Glass Hub, a glass education centre, has used only Minimelt furnaces to run all of their hot glassblowing courses for the last 3 years, proving their capabilities.
The Minimelt is designed specifically for rapid melting, allowing for impulsive glassblowing, where time and cost are kept to a minimum. It is perfect for prototyping ideas, small production runs, training, mobile demonstrations and teaching.
The Minimelt Furnace
The Minimelt is a bespoke, hand-built piece of equipment, consisting of a steel drum, lined with ceramic fibre insulation, sitting above an insulated box containing the melting pot. The Drum is detachable so that the pot can be replaced. We recommend the Minimelt is emptied completely at the end of a session, to ensure a longer pot life. When done properly, a pot will last for well over 50 melts before needing to be changed.
The frame is made of stainless and coated steel for durability and has wheels front and back, for manoeuvrability.
It is fully transportable, small enough to stow away when not in use, and with running costs that are very low compared to regular glassblowing studio equipment.
How it works
The Minimelt is a mobile glassblowing unit that combines the melting capacity of a furnace with the reheating aspects of a glory hole, thus saving both space and energy. A bespoke melting pot is filled with glass which is heated by a simple burner attached to a gas bottle. The glass heats, melts and can be ready to blow in as little as two hours.
Because the glass melts rapidly, you can expect a few bubbles in the glass. This is normal and due to the pot heating and glass refinement times being shortened, compared with large scale glassblowing equipment.
It is designed to be kept in a well-ventilated garage or workshop, preferably with good air extraction. We recommend it is wheeled and lit outside, while the bench and lehr are kept indoors.