Sunday, 18 March 2007

Almost Nice: La Verrerie De Biot

Here's a glance at some of the glass made at the Verrerie de Biot. It's chief characteristic is the tiny air bubbles that are trapped in the glass while it's being blown which you can actually watch. In fact to see the glassblowers working in high temperatures during the summer with the ovens going full blast is to understand dedication; either that or they actually enjoy showing off their rear ends in their skimpy shorts!
They make glasses for all occasions in a rainbow of colours. I have a set of blue goblets which are intended for water but white wine tastes good out of them too.


isabella said...

Although I do not own any Biot Glassware (I must stay true to my Polish crystal!), I can totally see how you would enjoy drinking white wine from them...or would it turn blue? ;-)
PS I've been to a hand-blown glass factory and experienced the heat!

Annie said...

Hi Angela,

It's good to see some of the real Nice (and almost Nice). As a tourist I missed lots - but then perhaps when I get the urge to travel I shall come again and see/do some of the things you and others show.

Thanks for commenting to day on the sidetracked boxcar at my blog.

Nathalie said...

Lovely blue colour, I'll have that for Christmas thank you very much!

Bela said...

I have one blue glass, which I bought years ago at the Verrerie. I cherish it. My partner (who is British) and I did a coach tour of the touristy bits around Nice. Our guide - a nice young woman - explained the process involved in the making of Biot glass. She kept talking about buhbohls and we found it hard not to laugh openly. We do now, whenever we reminisce about that day. :-)

phlegmfatale said...

I love this glass with the bubbles - it's beautiful to look at, and beautiful to use.

Ming_the_Merciless said...

Looks like a great wedding gift.