WHAT ARE THE CARE INSTRUCTIONS? CAN I PUT MY GLASS IN THE DISHWASHER?
Our glass is created with very high manufacturing standards. We are very strict with how long we cure our glass so it is actually much stronger then anything factory made or made overseas. It's is beautiful as well as durable.
Don't use hot liquids in our glassware, but the freezer is ok! Our thicker tumblers retain temperature very nicely, so stick them in the freezer for a chilled beverage that you wouldn't want to water down with ice!
Our products are dishwasher safe. 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. However, any of our larger pieces should be hand-washed (steins, decanters, bowls).
Please be wary of temperature shock after washing. No ice or cold liquid until the glass has returned to room temperature.
CAN I ACTUALLY USE THE MORTAR AND PESTLE?
Absolutely! 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 won't absorb any flavours so it is best for the widest range of uses. Everything from curry to cocktails.
CAN I VISIT THE STUDIO?
Yes! The studio is open to the public Wed - Sun from 10am - 6pm. You can come by to view our glassware shop, or to place your very own custom order.
Please note, COVID protocol is in place and masks are required.
CAN I TRYING WORKING WITH GLASS?
Yes, we offer Hot Glass Lessons! Join founder Woody in his glassblowing studio to create your own original glass art. He will guide you through your hot glass experience, and you'll learn the nuances and subtitles of glassblowing. These workshops are geared for beginners, so all are welcome!
Come and hot sculpt your own unique creation! The experience of blowing or hot-sculpting your own piece of glass art is one-of-a-kind!
During COVID, the studio is allowing a maximum of 4 people in workshops. When giving/purchasing Glass Lessons, you do not have to commit to a workshop date/time. We can schedule your lessons during 2021, based on COVID guidelines.
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 its own category and has taken humans until very recently to fully understand its characteristics (even though it is one of the oldest crafts).
The most current theory is that it is its own state of matter - so rather than being a solid, a liquid or a gas, it is another category itself! 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 endeavours (test tubes, vortex chambers, lab equipment in general). What an amazingly modern and ancient material!