Technique: Hand-etched & Hand-blown Glass
THE TECHNIQUE : HAND-ETCHED & HAND-BLOWN GLASS
Rose Ann Hall employs artisans, many of whom have disabilities, to create elegantly carved glassware. Each piece is handmade from recycled glass, making these products both unique and sustainable.
First, each piece is hand-blown at a workshop in Mexico by a talented artist. The artisan heats the glass until it is molten, then inflates it using a blowpipe. The heated glass is manipulated to create the desired shape, then cooled.
Artisans at Chabi Chic in Morocco create beautiful glassware collections. They use recycled glass to make these products, and these fair trade goods are hand-blown by the artisans.
After the glass is blown, another artisan decorates the piece by hand by carving traditional Mexican designs. Using delicate tools, the artisan scratches away tiny pieces of the glass to create the intricate pattern. Where the artisan has etched the glass there remains a translucent, frosted-glass quality.
By promoting traditional Mexican art forms, Rose Ann Hall Designs provides income and an outlet for expression to individuals with few other opportunities. Rose Ann Hall Designs takes great pride in the uniqueness of its artisans and its products.
Rose Ann Hall Designs employs artisans, many of whom have disabilities, to produce beautiful handmade candles and elegantly carved glassware. They emphasize on the use of recycled materials for each one of a kind product. By promoting traditional Mexican arts, Rose Ann Hall Designs provides income as well as an outlet for artistic expression to individuals with few other opportunities. Rose Ann Hall Designs takes great pride in the uniqueness of its artisans and products.
Chabi Chic works with approximately 18 artisans and suppliers between the ages of 20 to 60. While some of the artisans, such as those who work on pottery and ceramics, are based out of workshops, some also work out of their homes. They work hard to preserve a tradition that has been passed down through generations and that is facing competition in today’s environment. Chabi Chic is part of the Marrakech Cultural and Creative Industries, a program started by the United Nations. Through this program, Chabi Chic is given access to Euro funds for the artisans looking to improve their skill sets and sell their work via trading and communication. Each purchase of the products in this collection empowers these skilled artisans and their families.