Somehow, it never occurred to me that Alvar Aalto’s iconic vase was mouth-blown. But it is, by master glass blowers at the Iittala factory in Helsinki. Very clever. Apparently, there are only two men capable of blowing the really giant ones, which are so heavy, the process has a habit of dislocating the blower’s shoulder. Talk about suffering for their art.

Mo, acting news editor.

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