Saturday, June 12, 2010

Margarita Bliss

Nothing says Summer more than margaritas in Mexican confetti glass. Our confetti glass is hand-blown and produced just outside of San Miguel, Mexico. One of the most charming cities to visit if you have never been, and the oldest city in Mexico.
To create different colors, various metal oxides are added. Small amounts of iron and sulfur will achieve amber and brown effects while green and aqua glasses require iron. Light blues need copper, while dark blues contain very small quantities of cobalt. They are now making Red rimed and colored glasses by adding small amounts of Gold. Confetti colors can also be achieved by adding crushed glass of the desired color.
Glass making was unintentionally discovered by potters around 3000 B.C. The glass blowing technique was invented around 100 B.C. The very first glass made in North America was in Mexico in 1535 by artisans brought by the Spanish from Europe. Although these original glassworks were short lived, glass blowing was reintroduced into Mexico hundreds of years ago and flourished, due largely to the simplicity of the ingredients and the ingenuity of the Mexican Arts and Crafts Tradition.
Authentic Mexican glassware contains a pontil, or a place on the bottom of the glass that indicates that the piece is mouth blown. The glass blower cuts the hot glass at that point when he is finished with the piece.