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.
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.