This glass vase is handblown in Egypt using traditional glassblowing techniques. Although delicate in appearance, it is made of modern Pyrex glass, lending durability. Accented with 24K gold.
- Dimensions: 8 1/2 inches high x 5 1/2 inches diameter
- Item #: V311 BLU
Egyptian glassmaking in the modern form has been around since the beginning of the 19th century, when a resurgence of the art form of glassblowing took place. This is a highly artistic craft and the techniques are passed down from generation to generation. For these exquisite pieces, Pyrex glass tubes are fired and shaped. The torch heats the glass to almost liquid form, using pressurized oxygen to make the glass flexible. A number of small tools are used to detail the item. During this process, the artisan rotates the glass constantly and blows air through it quickly and precisely to achieve the desired shape and look. Next, the engraver or etching artist draws the design on the item and hand etches the cuts in the glass with a sanding wheel. Next, the painter applies color by placing it on a spinning wheel to evenly distribute the paint color. The painter then applies 24K real gold to accent the treasure. The item then goes into the oven to bake in the paint and gold.