REPORTER: Holding their breath is not an option for these men. Organized by the Finnish design company Iittala, the 28 contestants of the glassblowing championships are tasked with juggling their balls of molten glass to blow a plate, a cylinder and a sphere as big as possible within a six-minute time frame. It requires knowledge about the material, technique, as well as a sense of rhythm and concentration. Dutch glassblower David Belien spills his secret.
DAVID BELIEN: "Mainly the biggest skill you need is to feel the timing of the glass. So you have to know how it stretches and if you don't know how hot it is or how it is going to move, then you are going to make mistakes."
REPORTER: Glassblowing is an ancient form of art that began in 1st Century BC. And this event is one of the rare occasions where the general public can witness the amazing skills that are required to create everyday objects such as a vase or a cup. In the end, Hungarian Iittala employee Jozsef Ujfalusi blew away his competition to claim the day's top honor.
The report contains several puns on the idea of breathing and blowing.
1. Breathtaking means extremely impressive or beautiful. • The scenery along the coast was just breathtaking.
2. If you hold your breath, you breathe in and do not let the air out again for some time, but the expression is also used figuratively to tell someone not to expect something to happen for a very long time. • She said she'd get back to us, but don't hold your breath!
3. If you blow someone away, you defeat them completely and easily. • Ogier blew away the opposition on the road to victory at the Mexico Rally.