a metal rod on which the molten glass is handled in glassmaking
Origin of puntyFrench pontil ; from Italian pontello, diminutive of punto ; from Classical Latin punctum, a point
An iron rod on which molten glass is handled when being shaped and worked. Also called pontil.
Origin of puntyProbably from French pontil; see pontil.
- (glassblowing) A metal rod used in the glassblowing process. After a glass vessel has been blown to approximate size and the bottom of the piece has been finalized, the rod, which is tipped with a wad of hot glass, is attached to the bottom of the vessel to hold it while the top is finalized. It often leaves an irregular or ring-shaped scar on the base when removed called the "pontil mark".