Our expertise

The gestures of the glassmaking crafts have just been officially listed as part of France's intangible cultural heritage in 2019.

This is a magnificent recognition of the most precious aspect of our crafts: the mastery of gesture.

These skills have been passed down in the private circle of the Arribas family, with the same concern for perfect transmission. This new awareness has further engraved our heritage of exceptional craftsmanship.

Cane blowers, gilders, glass decorators and polishers have all been officially recognized as artisans d'art.

Heirs to more than 200 years of ancestral know-how, we are constantly on the lookout for the best talents for the creation of our products and the cutting of crystal and glass, in order to guarantee the quality of our creations.

As such, Manufacture Arribas masters a wide range of glassworking techniques.

Glassblowing with a blowtorch

Our glassblowers design and create decorative and souvenir objects in spun or blown glass.

They use glass rods of over 150 cm in length and various diameters to create the object they wish to create. They use a blowtorch to heat the glass to soften and shape it.

With a gentle blast, they give it the desired shape. The glass worked by the flashlight is "borosilicate", which is resistant to thermal shock.

Glassblowing with a cane

Dive into the magical world of glassblowing with Séraphim, a passionate craftsman who opens the doors of his workshop to show you his cane-blowing technique.

Maillochage, blowing, slicing and pontil setting are all part of the process.

Glass size

Glass is cut by abrading the material with different types of diamond wheels.

The brilliance of the cut is obtained by polishing with cork and pumice wheels, followed by cerium oxide polishing with felt wheels.

Sandblasting technique and glass decoration

Sandblasting is a frosting and engraving process obtained by projecting a powerful jet of sand onto a glass object.

The grains of sand create small cavities to create a frosted or satin-finish effect, and to write and draw patterns on the glass.

A stencil is cut by hand according to the desired motif. The parts of the glass that will not be sandblasted are called "reserves". For individual work, a sufficiently strong self-adhesive paper (adhesive film) is used.

Sandblasting can be used to decorate a wide range of materials, including glass, crystal, marble, copper, wood, jewelry and ceramics. The aesthetic effects produced by sandblasting are manifold.

Tiffany work

While leaded stained glass is more common in Europe, the Arribas family, spurred on by their arrival in the United States, wanted to master the Tiffany technique over the years.

The steps are similar to traditional stained-glass techniques: a model, cardboard, glass selection, cutting, painting and grinding.

The crimping process requires no lead, but rather copper adhesive tape, with which to wrap each piece of work. This makes the finished product much lighter.