Glass-making has been practised in Mallorca for centuries, and the techniques and equipment involved have changed little with the passage of time.
It is thought that it was the Phoenicians who first introduced the art of glass making to the island in the 2nd century BC, although the earliest recorded glass furnace dates back to 1327.
Over the centuries, Mallorcan glass artisans honed their craft and when Venice became the glass-making capital of the world in the 16th and 17th centuries, Mallorcan glass-makers would import Venetian creations in order to examine and imitate their techniques.
Today, Mallorca is home to three traditional glass-blowing factories – Gordiola, LaFiore and Menestralia – where visitors can watch master glass-makers as they dip iron tubes into red hot molten glass and then blow down the tubeto inflate and shape the glass. It is an art that is still handed down from master to apprentice and takes years to learn.
Because of the handcrafted nature of every piece, no two items will ever be identical. A piece of artisanal decorative glassware therefore makes a truly unique and an authentically Mallorcan keepsake.
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