The pontèlo is a non-hollow rod used to finish the upper part of a blown artifact.
Everything happens while the glass is at a temperature that makes the glass still deformable.
Once the bolo has been executed, the pontèlo is hot-fixed to the opposite end of the glass.
At that point the master has the possibility to finish the edge freely a mano volante .
Also called puntello literally prop.
Credits to: Parole di vetro - Marsilio editore ISBN 88-317-7198-1
Pictures by: Bruno Carnevali
Designs by: Alessandro Lenarda