Hand blown glass - the perfect material for modern lighting

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Glass is a natural choice for contemporary illumination. The material is easily manipulated, bending, reflecting and absorbing light. it´s a sophisticated medium requiring dexterity and understanding to form. It is both challenging and rewarding in it´s execution.

Did you know Mexico has a long and esteemed history in glass dating back to the first half of the 16th century. It was actually the first country in the Americas to be introduced to the magic of hot glass by the Spanish !

Our lamps are made mostly from recycled glass utilizing an innovative formula that lowers the melt temperature and takes out all impurities and colors from the glass.

Little has changed in the hand making process in the last 500 years, the tools are the same and methods and know how are still as they were, shared amongst colleagues and handed down from generation to generation. The process to make a hand blown lamp begins with a tank of molten glass maintained at a constant temperature of around 2000 degrees Fahrenheit (1100 degrees Celsius). The process begins with a glass-maker dipping a blow pipe into the furnace and gently “gathering” a small amount of glass onto the tip of the pipe. Taking the precaution to keep the material on center, a small bubble is placed in the glass. This process is repeated over and over gradually building the mass of glass until the desired amount is reached. Using a combination of breath, dexterity, gravity and select heating a form comes to life, through skilled manipulation and assistance from a team of glass makers the piece is handed back and forth worked heated and        re-worked, ever increasing in shape and size, until finally a hand blown LUMINOSA pendant light comes to life |

Once finally formed the piece is carefully placed in an annealing oven and slowly cooled down over 24 hours to room temperature to release any inherent stress from the making process. The piece is then passed over to the cold shop where it will be hand cut, ground and polished.

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