Topic: Glass made in Argentina
Glass made in France, Sand or Sanh
AAnd Glass made in Argentina, Ancient Techniques in a modern worldThe development in terms of production in these modern days is unquestionable. We, as humanity are now capable of producing anything men has ever dreamt of at amounts that are even to imagine. Billions of billions of all sort of items are daily produced, all looking alike, all mass produced by outstanding machines invented by someone with a very bright mind. All look-alike mass produced – mass consumed items… What ever happened to our beloved craftsman or woman? To those unique kinds of objects that suited our personality? I believe those craftsmen and women became artists or artisans, and those unique items are now antiques… But the modern world development has some weird and interesting turns down here in Argentina. One of the country’s most important glass and crystal firms during the 60s and 70s went bankruptcy during the 90s. Over 1500 employees were left without a job, and one of the Glass industry Titans had gone down. When the owner shut down the lights for the last time and closed the front doors with an immense lock it seemed it was Cristalux’s end had come, there were not going to be any more Durex items produced again. A broad set of vintage 1970s glass production machinery was locked down, and the magic maker worker was left out. The business had began to sink during the late 70s and 80s when it was impossible for these products to compete with foreign mass produced glass items. These workers were not regular workers, they were artisans according to our former definition. They were craftsmen and women who knew all about the art of making glass… Such a huge human capital could not be appreciated back then by their employer… But all those workers knew much more, so they gathered together and began to work out a plan to recover their beloved plant. They worked on a detailed plan to recuperate and put back to work this plant, went to the justice, and finally a couple of years ago they were granted the permission by Judge Matilde Ballestrini. Filled with excitement, emotion and curiosity, 100 former Cristalux workers walked through the main entrance to their factory. It was something that words cannot describe… They have jointly decided they wouldn’t retake the former brand, this is our industry now, ours as Argentineans, so it should be called Argentinean industry, plain, simple, deep and powerful, said one of the workers… and so it did. On the bottom part of each item it reads: industria argentina. As they turned on the power, and every sector of the plant enlighted and machines began to warm up they gathered together in front of the supply room… It’s were the magic begins… These crafts wen and women, knowers of secrets and magicians of glass, mix in secret proportions sand, minerals and grained crystals, glass production has began!