The Method of Hand-Blown
Hand-blown glasses have a much thinner stem, and weigh a lot less. Hand-blown glasses cost 5-10x more to produce than machine-made equivalents.
Inspired by glasses from Austria, we designed a bowl that allows wines of any style to full reach its potential, while having a shape that fits in conventional dishwashers and cabinets. After designing and countless revisions, the glassmaker creates wooden molds to make sure every glass is the same shape.
Lead-free crystal of the highest quality is molten to over 1,600 degrees, and blown so that it fits the wooden mold. Higher quality materials and higher temperatures allow the glass to remain shatter-resistant despite being light and thin.
The base of the glass is stretched to become the stem. Care is taken to make the stem as thin as possible while maintaining the tensile strength of the glass and keeping the height consistent.
As one artisan holds the half-finished glass upside-down, another takes more molten material and affixes it to the stem. The first artisan cuts the correct amount of material and adds it to the stem to form the base of the glass.
A laser is used to cut the rim of the glass. The glass is then polished on a spinning wheel so that it becomes as flat as possible. The rim is checked to make sure that it is unbelivably thin.
The glass is meticulously checked for imperfections, and polished. Tests are performed to ensure the glass will not break unecessarily.
The Glasvin logo is etched into the glass using a laser. The glass is then placed into soft packaging and shipped to you.