Living in Cabo means I don’t just get the benefit of the beaches, but of our town as well. I love exploring the different artists and artisans that make up our community. One of my favorite places is The Glass Factory, which sells beautiful hand blown glassware.
The Glass Factory opened in 1990 and was for many years the only hand blown glass factory on the peninsula. Visiting it over the years has piqued my curiosity about the art form. I confronted owner Sebastian Romo, who explained a bit about the history and process of making the glassware.
Glass was first discovered around 2500 B.C., but it wasn’t until about 50 B.C. that people began to blow glass. The first examples of glass blowing in North America were in Puebla, Mexico in 1535 by artisans who came from Europe during the Spanish reign. The art form caught on and glass blowing is now considered one of the traditional Mexican arts and crafts forms.
Authentic hand blown glassware has a pontil or a small scar at the bottom. This mark indicates that the piece is free-blown. A pontil occurs when a glass blower, finished with shaping a particular piece, cuts the hot glass from the blowpipe.
The Glass Factory employs 30 artisans who can blow up to 500 unique pieces daily! It is truly a sight to see! Of course if you have the opportunity to stay with us, your Personal Assistant will be glad to organize a tour for you.