The Making of Recycled Glass Jugs
Uniglass, one of the last few practitioners of the art of molding glass uses the hashtag #dontthrowaway to remind people to keep any shattered glass and send it their way to allow them to Reduce pollution, Reuse the fragments and Recycle.
The glass received at Uniglass goes through several steps to become a pitcher.
First, the glass is offloaded in a big yard where it is sifted by hand for any plastic, paper, metal or any other impurities and later on cleaned using fresh water.
Second, the cleaned glass is loaded leather pouches and set aside the big furnace made of stone with small windows in its sides to allow for the artisan’s blower to collect a chunk of molten glass.
Third, the pouches’ contents are discharged into the huge furnace from the back end. The reason for discharging in the back end is because it gives the glass time to fully melt and get ride of any air bubbles and residues before flowing like “lava” near the furnace openings for collection.
Fourth, the first artisan, with a few turns of his wrist, collects an amount of molten glass at the end of his steel glassblower sufficient to make a pitcher.
Fifth, he then passes the glassblower to his shift partner whom places the “blob” of molten glass in a small mold, blows in it to give it size, and thumps the lower part on a crossed piece of steel to his desired shape.
Duck pitchers are thumped more than other pitchers are they have a flatter base.
Sixth, after that the second artist hand the shaped piece of soft glass to his third colleague that is responsible for giving life to the pitcher. He is responsible for all the defining features of the pitcher. The neck, nose and ear of the pitcher are all made with very precise movements and soothing cuts and rolls of the newly created pitcher.
Seventh, the soft pitcher is handed off to go into the cooling tunnel and emerge a ready to use glassware serving as a chalice of heritage and history.
The pitchers sold here at Lebanese Artisanal are to make sure that this industry never goes out of business. Rather than donating money, we're buying products and increasing demand on Lebanese products.
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