Glassmaking was accidentally discovered by potters around 3000 B.C. and the technique of glass blowing was invented around 100 B.C. The 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.
Today, Mexico is well known for affordable, rustic hand blown drinking glasses, many of them characterized by a cobalt blue band at the rim. 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. Pastel colors can also be achieved by adding crushed glass of the desired color.
At Baja Blown Glass Factory, this centuries-old tradition comes to life at the hands of expert artisans. Join us for the blown glass demonstration and learn everything about this wonderful tradition. You can visit our store in San Jose’s Downtown area, on Manuel Doblado Street, next to Morgan’s Restaurant.
- Blown Glass Demonstration: 8:30AM & 3:30PM Mon to Friday, Saturday 8:30AM & 12:30PM
- Special Art Walk Demonstration: 5:00Pm & 6:30 Thursdays
- Store’s Hours: 8:30AM to 8:00PM All week