These aqua coloured glasses are handmade in our studio in Walcot Street and are classed as factory seconds. This means that these glasses vary from our first quality range for reasons such as variations in size and proportion, thickness of the glass, shape, perhaps a few bubbles! These are all signs of the glass being handmade and add extra unique character and does not affect the durability of the glass.
In the 18th Century, master glass makers would draw spiral patterns in the stem as they made the glass. If they used air bubbles it was called an airtwist; if they used threads, either white or coloured, it would be called opaque twist.
Air twists in glass coincided with the glass tax of 1745, taxing the overall weight of the glass. By incorporating air into the heavy stem of the glass the makers were able to keep the production costs down whilst opening up a vast range of new designs.
These glasses are a wonderful example of airtwist stemware.