Blown Glass in Mexico

Blown Glass is considerably growing worldwide. The Netflix Series Blown Away has shown us a great number of glass artists. In Mexico, Blown Glass is an old industry that keeps growing commercially and in design.

Glass blowing has long been a cherished form of art and cultural expression by Mexican artisans. The very first pieces of blown glass were produced in Puebla, Mexico around 1535 AD by artisans brought from Spain.

What is blown glass made of?

Blown glass is the technique of manufacturing glass objects by creating bubbles in the molten glass. 

These bubbles are obtained by injecting air into a piece of material through a long metal tube by means of a machine or by hand blowing through the other end. It is a system similar to the one used to make soap bubbles. 

The tradition of blown glass is an ancient tradition that has passed through all the cultures of the world, since its inception it has been used to create all kinds of objects, and thousands create art through its different techniques.

Watching the artisans at their craft is mesmerizing, the technique is truly fascinating.

ISEB is an active exporter of blown glass to the US and Canada. The blown glass items we export are 100% Lead-Free.

Our blown glass catalog includes:

  • Spheres
  • Dinnerware sets
  • Dish sets
  • Decorations
  • Ashtrays
  • Vases
  • and much more

The factory we work with is able to create under design. Ask for images of our products in our Contact Us section.

The process of blown glass making

Phase 1 – Heat the glass

The first thing to do is to put the glass in a high-temperature oven. Then the end of the metal tube that will be used to shape the work is inserted into one of the ends of the glass. 

Once it is glued, the glassmaker tempers it until it reaches the optimum temperature, something that is achieved by rolling it on a steel base.

Phase 2 – Time to Blow! Add air

In this step, the molten glass is filled with air, which will facilitate subsequent molding. This is a fundamental step to be able to give the desired shape to the object.

Phase 3 – Shape it! Cut it!

At this point, it’s time to shape the piece. For this, various tools, such as tweezers and scissors, are used to shape the blown glass. During this process, the glass is reheated in order to continue giving it the desired shape.

Phase 4 – Time to cool it…

Finally, it only remains to temper the final piece. To do this, once the previous process is finished, the piece is reintroduced into an oven. This allows it to reach the necessary hardness so that it does not break or suffer damage due to sudden cooling.

In some techniques, the item is submerged in water.

Glass Industry in Mexico

The glass industry in Mexico has been growing over time and is an active economic activity with different manufacturers, styles, capabilities, and reach.

According to information from the own Mexican government and the Mexican INEGI, in the second quarter of 2022, a gross domestic product of $5.43B (MX) was registered, showing an increase of 3.67% compared to the previous quarter.

According to the National Statistical Directory of Economic Units (DENUE in Spanish) in 2022, the manufacture of glass and glass products registered 981 economic units. The states with the highest number of economic units were the State of Mexico (134), Jalisco (127), and Puebla (122).

As we can see by the numbers, the glass industry has been growing continuously, and now after the pandemic crisis, it is still in positive numbers.

This growth also can be attributed to the perfected art through the centuries making Mexico one of the top producers of blow glass worldwide.

Blown Glass Tequila Bottles

Blown glass can be used as Tequila bottles. There is a part of the industry of tequila, that makes its bottles out of blown glass, this gives the tequila bottles a handmade touch, a touch of art that gives the product a higher value on the market.

So if you are looking for either house decoration or a tequila bottle with a unique design, Mexico and ISEB are prepared to offer quality glass products for your home or business.

To learn more about product sourcing and blown glass visit our blog.

FAQ | Blown Glass in Mexico

What kind of blown glass pieces can be made in Mexico?

From small decorative pieces to large installation pieces, our skilled artisans use traditional methods and techniques to produce these unique and beautiful pieces. Our portfolio includes everything from chandeliers, lamps, vases, bowls, glasses, goblets, platters, and serving sets.

What kind of glasses do they make in Mexico?

We specialize in hand-blown glassware produced in Mexico. Our unique process enables us to produce glasses using various materials with a wide range of shapes, sizes, and colors. From handcrafted champagne flutes to intricate vases, margarita vases, and tequila shots, our glassware is made with care and precision for exquisite results.

What is the glass industry like in Mexico?

The glass industry in Mexico has been thriving for many decades. Mexico is a leader in the production of quality hand-crafted glass products, which are used by businesses around the world.

Which is the best product sourcing specialist in Mexico?

ISEB is the go-to product sourcing specialist in Mexico for businesses looking for quality blown glass. ISEB’s comprehensive knowledge of the Mexican markets ensures that you get the best possible prices, while their attentive customer service will ensure that all your needs are taken care of.

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