Javier & Efren Recycled Hand Blown Glass | Mexico
Since the 1990s, Javier Gutierrez and Efren Canteras have worked together to preserve Mexico’s blown glass artistry. “This type of work is a beautiful craft. I love blown glass because of the pure imagination poured into every piece created,” confides Efren.
“I was 15 years old when I began blowing glass. Now I have the opportunity to teach the art of blowing hot glass to other young artisans. I start by employing people as my assistants, but I aim to train them to be experts, glass blowers equipped with a beautiful and useful skill.”
Working as a team, Javier specializes in the design of the pieces, and Efren transforms the designs into a reality. “Efren and I make a great team. Over the years we have worked hard to design truly original styles with a distinctly Mexican accent.”
Javier and Efren work with lead-free, un-tempered and recycled glass, which is melted at very high temperatures. They use a long steel blowpipe to pick a glob of molten glass and, holding the pipe with one hand, they masterfully start shaping the desired piece by blowing through the other end of the pipe using tools with their free hand. They must work fast, while the molten glass is still hot, adding color and other desired effects.
Given the handcrafted nature of the process, there will never be two completely identical pieces. Air bubbles are often present as a result of this technique, adding to the admirable uniqueness of this legendary art form.
Javier and Efren’s Recycled Hand-Blown Glass collection is now available for pre-order at Seven Hopes United. Handcrafted in Mexico, Javier and Efren’s glassware is absolutely beautiful and would make a great addition to any home! Please order now so we can notify the artisans’ the quantities & styles of glassware you want, and we’ll get it out to you as soon as it arrives from Mexico!