Cabo Glass Factory Produces Functional Art

BY KATHRYN REED

Artistry is found in so much of the merchandise available for purchase in Mexico. I want to drink from it.

I was hoping to find wine glasses at The Glass Factory in Cabo San Lucas so I could bring them with me to California this summer. Part of the logic was if/when I return permanently, the glasses would have made it without being packed in a full Jeep. I’m sure I’m better off without having spent money on something that was just going to end up in storage. Plus, if I end up in Baja more long term, it would mean driving them back across the border.

Even though I didn’t find anything to buy for the kitchen last month, I’m planning to go back. (I did buy a pair of fun glass earrings shaped like flip flops.) It’s possible to have custom-made glasses, but that’s not what I want. I’ll know what I want when I see it. Artisans hand blow an array of glass products six days a week. I was there with a friend Joyce, who lives in Cabo, on a Sunday when the blowing wasn’t taking place. That didn’t matter. The showroom is incredible.

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The creativity in design and color is magical. It’s so much more than glasses (think water, wine, martini, margarita, and more) of all sizes and varieties. Large bowls, vases and pitchers were stunning. If only I had a kitchen, let alone a whole house of my own, to display and use these wonders. So much of what was available looked like art even though everything seemed to have a functional component.

When Sebastian Romo opened the business in 1990 it was Baja’s only hand-blown glass factory. The website says, “Today the foundry employs over 30 artisans who produce close to 500 one-of-a-kind pieces daily. Using recycled, lead-free glass, the maestros create custom orders for hotels, restaurants and retail shops as well as original pieces for groups and individual buyers.”

(Note from the editor: To get there, drive on Constituyentes Ave (known as The Hump) and turn towards the Cabo San Lucas Medical Center hospital. Continue straight for 400 yards or so. You will find it there). www.glassfactory.com.mx/site/en/

Kathryn Reed is a journalist who has worked as a reporter and editor for a number of prestigious publications and publishing her own online newspaper. Her previous work has included being an editor at the San Francisco Chronicle, San Francisco Examiner, Las Vegas Sun and Tahoe Daily Tribune. She has freelanced for the New York Times, Reuters, Sacramento Business Journal, San Francisco Chronicle, Tahoe Mountain News and other publications. Her last full-time gig was as publisher of Lake Tahoe News. She splits her time between South Lake Tahoe, California, and Todos Santos, Mexico. You may read more of her articles at: kathrynreed.com ,