CAN I PUT MY GLASS IN THE DISHWASHER?
For the most part, yes! Most of our glass can be run through the dishwasher; the heavy tumblers, ice wine/ liqueur glasses, stemless wine, pint glasses AND mortar and pestles are all ok. We are very strict with how long we cure our glass so it is actually much stronger then anything factory made or made overseas. However, any of our larger pieces should be hand washed (steins, decanters, bowls).
Just be wary of temperature shock. So no ice or cold liquid until the glass has returned to room temperature.
CAN I ACTUALLY USE THE MORTAR AND PESTLE?
Again, yes! Glass is extremely strong under compression - it's tensile force where it struggles (so bending or twisting). We make our mortar and pestles very thick and robust so you can really grind anything you grind in stone. We also sandblast both parts so there is a nice tooth to them. Glass mortar and pestles are widely used in pharmaceuticals because glass is inert so it doesn't contaminate whatever you are grinding. Glass is also non-porous, it son't absorb any flavours so it is best for the widest range of uses. Everything from curry to cocktails.
HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO MAKE EACH PIECE?
We make our products in daily batches and the length of time it takes varies. Something to keep in mind is beyond how quickly we can produce, it has also taken us years to attain the skill level necessary to make everything.
However, typically, our pieces take anywhere from twenty minutes to an hour to make and then are boxed away in a kiln for twelve hours to slowly reduce the temperature until they reach room temp. If you just leave glass out after creating a piece, it will break every time as the molecules move quite slowly back into their solid positions.
ISN'T GLASS ACTUALLY A LIQUID?
No! However, this is a very common misconception so you are not alone in thinking this! Glass has been passionately debated for years about whether it is a liquid, a solid, an amorphous solid, etc. It really is a material in it's own category and has taken humans until very recently to fully understand it's characteristics (even though it is one of the oldest crafts).
The most current theory is that it is it's own state of matter - so rather then being a solid, a liquid or a gas, it is another category itself. So the four states of matter are solid, liquid, gas and glass.
Furthermore, we live in the age of glass. It has projected science forward, allowing us to see space (lenses), changed architecture completely, allowed us to fix our vision (glasses), progressed technologies (fibre optics, microchips and screens) as well as allowed for all kinds of insane scientific endeavors (test tubes, vortex chambers, lab equipment in general). What an amazingly modern and ancient material!