The gestures of the glass crafts have just been officially registered in 2019 in the inventory of French intangible cultural heritage.
It is a magnificent recognition of what our artistic professions have most precious, the mastery of the gesture.
These were transmitted in the private circle of the Arribas family in the continuity of the concern for the perfect transmission. This awareness comes to engrave a little more in our heritage the exceptional know-how.
Cane blower, gilder, glass decorator, polisher, all have been officially recognized as craftsmen.
Heirs to an ancestral know-how for more than 200 years, we are constantly looking for the best talents for the creation of our products, the cutting of crystal and glass in order to guarantee the quality of our achievements.
As such, the Arribas Manufacture masters a range of different glass working techniques.
Torch blowing glass
Our blowtorch glassmakers design and produce decorative and souvenir objects in spun or blown glass.
They use glass rods more than 150 cm long and of different diameters, for the realization of the object they wish to create. They use a torch to heat the glass to soften and shape it.
With a light breath he gives the desired shape. The glass worked by the glass blowtorch is "borosilicate" which has a resistance to thermal shocks.
Cane glass blowing
Immerse yourself and discover the magical world of blown glass with Séraphim, a passionate craftsman who opens the doors of his workshop to you to discover his cane blowing technique.
Meshing, blowing, slicing and setting at the pontil are the manufacturing steps.
The size of the glass is made by abrading the material with different types of diamond wheels.
The brilliance of the cut is obtained by a polishing operation using cork and pumice wheels, then polishing with cerium oxide with felt wheels.
and glass decoration
Sandblasting is a frosting and etching process obtained by projecting a jet of powerful sand onto a glass object.
The grains of sand by creating small cavities make it possible to obtain a frosted or satin effect, to write and draw patterns on the glass.
A stencil is cut manually according to the desired pattern. The parts of the glass that will not be sandblasted are called “reserves”. For individual work, sufficiently strong self-adhesive paper (adhesive film) is used.
Decoration by sandblasting makes it possible to treat a wide range of materials such as glass, crystal, marble, copper, wood, jewellery, ceramics. The aesthetic effects produced by sandblasting are multiple.
While Europe is working more on leaded stained glass, the Arribas family, under the impulse of their arrival in the United States, has wished over the years to master the Tiffany technique.
The steps are similar to the traditional technique of stained glass work: a model, a cardboard, the choice of glass, the cut, the painting and the grinding.
The crimping does not require lead but an adhesive copper tape, with which one surrounds each part of the work. This gives greater lightness to the product produced.