Handblown Tableware(187 items)
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Absolutely! Handblown glass offers a wonderful opportunity to recycle glass from discarded wine and beverage bottles and give them a unique new life born of fire. Artisans often acquire materials from bottle factories or local restaurants, which helps eliminate waste and potential environmental contamination. Their artistry creates something new, beautiful, and more valuable that can be used and appreciated for years to come.
There are a few things to consider when buying handblown cocktail glasses. First, make sure they are well made and of good quality. When held up to the light, a quality piece of handblown glass will not show rough edges or cracks, will have a smooth finish on the bottom, and will not tip or wobble. Their size should be suited to your needs and they should feel stable. Additionally, you might consider if the glass design and style will be adaptable to your drink(s) of choice. Cheers!
Confetti glass pitchers are always 100% unique and the way they come to be is quite a process! Glass bottle pieces in the desired color are chosen, and then melted at 1500C into a molten ball. This crystalline ball is then dipped into a tray of colorful glass confetti, which adheres to the hot glass to create a unique design for each piece. The product is then blown and shaped by hand and a handle is added. This incredible process is magical to witness, and is demonstrated beautifully in this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dtxrtKd-Vao
Many would say that the interplay of clear glass with unique colors like cobalt blue or other vibrant hues is what distinguishes the art of Mexican handblown glass. It is also widely admired for its sturdiness, as it is heavier than typical glassware and has a more robust, rustic appeal when compared to handmade glass from other regions.Because each piece is handmade, shape and size can vary slightly and tiny bubbles may appear within the glass. This exemplifies the handblown technique, making every piece a unique example of blown glass craftsmanship.
Since all handblown glass items are sensitive to heat, they are not suitable for serving very hot liquids, and any abrupt exposure to extremely hot or cold temperatures might cause cracking. If you use the dishwasher, we recommend you place your blown glass items on the top rack, and allow them to cool completely after the drying cycle. Hand-washing is always best.
Murano glass originated over a thousand years ago in Venice, Italy, the undisputed leader in glassmaking in medieval Europe. In 1291, the glassblowers of Venice were moved to the island of Murano as the glass must be heated to 1500C, making it a fire hazard on the mainland. Murano glass uses silica, soda, lime, and potassium and can feature gold or sterling silver leaf as well as a variety of minerals to achieve vibrant colors and designs. The molten glass is blown by mouth or handcrafted by master glassmakers in a series of elaborate steps and special techniques.Since 1994, Murano glass has held denomination of origin and is certified as having been crafted on Murano island. But Murano art also inspires master blown glass artisans in Brazil. The prestigious Seguso glass-crafting family first appeared in the islands census books in 1300. Mario Seguso moved to Brazil in 1954, and his family creates exquisite handblown glass using ancient Murano techniques. And Paulo Molinari was taught directly by Aldo Bonora, the first Italian master to arrive in Brazil from Murano Island. His family continues crafting handblown glass of extraordinary beauty. However, true Murano glass is crafted only in Murano, Italy.
With proper care, handblown glassware can last for years. Since handmade glass is thicker and less fragile than industrialized glass, it tends to last longer. Artisans put their heart and soul into each piece, taking the time to assure the highest quality materials and production as well as a lasting product.
We recommend washing your glassware by hand in warm water. However, most handblown glass can be washed in the dishwasher as long as it is placed on the top rack.
There are a few things to look for when determining whether or not a particular glass piece is handmade.The first clue that a piece of glassware is handmade will be a small navel, or circular point at its base. This is where the glass was cut from the blowing tube, indicating that it is in fact handblown. Another indicator is the thickness of the glass, as handmade glass is thicker and stronger than industrialized glass. Tiny bubbles may appear inside the glass as a part of the crafting process. Finally, handblown glass is distinguished by the multitude of color varieties that can be used during its production. No two pieces are exactly the same, and the uniqueness of each individual piece is what makes handblown glass so special.
The art of glass blowing dates back to almost 50 BC when Syrian craftsmen invented the technique. Its popularity grew with the rise of the Roman Empire, taking it through Europe and then to parts of Asia and the Middle East. Soon after, the beauty and utility of blown glass made it widely known and desired around the world.The first glass made in North America was produced in Puebla, Mexico around 1535 by artisans from Spain. Handblown glass arrived in the Guadalajara area in 1820.Central Americas first blown glass factory opened in Guatemala in 1970. Its founders learned the art from local people, which made them valuable assets for two more factories that opened in 1972. Over the years, a small community of artisans from Quetzaltenango came together to create Cantel Blown Glass Artisans, a cooperative that works together with Novica to share these unique creations with the world.
Featured Reviews on Handblown Tableware
This is a very unique item and a focal point on my table. The ice chamber is a useful design feature. Not to mention, the pitcher is beautiful! It s extremely well-made.
We love the glasses; reminds us every time we use them of our wonderful memories of our Mexican holidays!! We also have the pitcher and the whole set looks so beautiful!
A set of glasses to be proud of!
I ve never Loved a set of glassware before... but I am enamored at the beauty of these hand blown pieces of art. I got them to go with my Fiestaware dishes and they are stunning! They are nice, thick, sturdy, have a cool texture and the colors and craftsmanship is just WOW!!
Javier and Efren Hand-blown glassware
"I love blown glass because of the pure imagination poured into every piece created...."
Since the 1990s, Javier Gutiérrez and Efrén Canteras have worked together to preserve Mexico's blown glass artistry. "This type of work is a beautiful craft. I love blown... read more
Popular Handblown Tableware
Set of Four Recycled Glass Stemless Wine Glasses in Blue, "Glistening Sea"$109.99
Working to transform recycled materials, the Cantel Blown Glass Artisans of Guatemala use recycled glass to hand-blow this set of four stemless wine glasses. Each glass features a rounded shape and a luminous blue color.
Hand Blown Tequila Glasses with Cactus Set of 6, "Bottoms Up"$49.99
Mexico's Oscar Preciado presents this set of six whimsical tequila glasses, crafted by artisans using traditional glassblowing techniques. The glasses feature a cobalt blue rim, and tiny flowering cacti are affixed the bottom for a fun surprise.
Because each piece is handmade, shape and size can vary slightly and tiny bubbles may appear within the glass.
Hand Blown Blue Martini Glasses from Mexico (Set of 6), "Fiesta Azul"$64.99
These appealing martini glasses in a cool blue shade are crafted by Jorge Elias Martinez in Tonala, Mexico. The artisans use recycled bottles as their base material, melting and then hand-blowing them into the desired shape. The slightly fluted shape lends itself to any table setting.
Hand Made Blown Glass Pitcher with Ice Chamber, "Fresh Caribbean"$59.99
Javier and Efren craft a beautiful pitcher with an aquamarine chamber for ice to keep sangria, lemonade and iced tea cool without watering them down. It is crafted by hand with artistic expertise in the Mexican tradition of blown glass.
Because each piece is handmade, shape and size can vary slightly and tiny bubbles may appear within the glass. This exemplifies the hand-blown technique, making every piece a unique example of blown glass craftsmanship.