The Egyptian blown glass  
 

Glass craftsmanship is an ancient art as it dates back to 3000 years before Christ... and comes from Egypt. Indeed, it is in Egypt that the first objects made of glass were discovered. Glass was first used to decorate, then, progressively, came to be used in everyday cooking and eating. Today, Egyptian blown glass is still produced according to the first craftsmen's manufacturing processes and techniques. The tradition is passed from father to son in the small Cairo workshops where craftsmen work in very often difficult conditions and with extremely rudimentary equipment. The glass comes from recycled scraps (bottles, glasses, medicine flasks, etc.) and its colour is very often the same as the original item... that's why you will recognise the green glass of the 7Up bottle! Colorants are used only for red and blue.

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The making of blown glass consists of 3 stages: firstly, the glass paste must be melted in an oven, the master glass worker uses a long iron cane to take the molten glass out of the oven and to "roll" it on a marble slab. Then he blows through the cane to give the glass bowl the desired shape. Finally, he moulds the bottom of each object and adds the chosen decorations (handles of flasks, streakings, added decorative items) before letting it cool down.

 

 

Glasses, cups and plates

   

Glasses, cups and plates...

The transparency and the delicacy of blown glass can be seen in those objects: ordinary glasses, stemmed glasses, champagne goblets, large and small plates, dishes and salad bowls, dessert dishes, etc. Everything necessary for an original and unique dinner service: no piece looks like another... that's the charm of handicraft blown glass!

 

 

Vases and flasks

   

Vases and flasks...

These delightful flasks are copies of ancient "Saint Menas" bulbs, small terracotta or silver flasks used by Coptic pilgrims to bring back from their journey to the Holy places sacred drops of oil, pieces of earth from the sanctuary or water drops drawn from miraculous springs.

 

 
   

Photophores

Photophores...

These small pots or saucers made of transparent white, yellow, brown, green or blue glass are used as candle-holders. However their uses are as varied as their shapes and colours. Lovely decorative objects to brighten up your home!

 

 
   

Marble lamplights

Marble lamplights...

These highly original goblets are made of small multicoloured glass marbles fixed on a metallic frame. They can be shaped into lamps or simply be set on a dish warmer candle... to create a soft ambiance of lighting inside your home or on your terrace.

 

 

 

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