Watch How Wavy, Handblown Glassware is Made

November 28, 2016

Our makers are what bring the Food52 Shop to life, so we partnered with Roca Patrón to create exclusive new products with a few—and give you a glimpse into their every day. Check out their stories (and products!) here.

In Italian, the word malfatti means a hand-rolled pasta, and more literally, "poorly made" or "misshapen." It's the word that Beacon, New York-based Malfatti Glass took to name their line of glasses, specifically because of their elegantly knobby features. Daniel Spitzer, a master glassblower and former Dale Chihuly crew member, and Jill Reynolds, an award-winning visual artist known for her innovative use of flameworked glass, are the creative minds behind Malfatti Glass and Ten Willow Studio, where their work ranges from large-scale installation pieces to individual chandeliers and sculpture.

Malfatti glasses are made from borosilicate, a very durable, yet very lightweight kind of glass (it's the same material that's used to make laboratory glasses), and shaped one-by-one with just a flame, a few tools, and a glassblower's breath. They're the glasses you'll see again and again in our photography, as we love their wavy, wild posture, one that has no need for a stem to stand out.

I see our glasses as... these social moments.
Jill Reynolds, Malfatti Glass

Watch the video above to see a day in the life of Dan and Jill, to peep what glassblowing looks like up-close-and-personal, and to get a first look at the exclusive cocktail glasses they designed just for us.

Roca Patrón is crafted using Weber Blue Agave and the age-old 'tahona' method, where you crush the agave with a 2-ton rock (!). See all their styles, from silver to añejo, here.

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