Using techniques that have been in place for centuries, this piece was crafted by at least a dozen craftsmen. Recycled glass is mixed with new batch silica and made molten. Hands lift and turn the tools; mouths blow the glass; years of experience enable the manipulation of molds, the careful cooling, the deft and sure hand-cutting of the finished piece. At any step, in less capable hands, the glass could shatter. The artisans' skill and attention to detail make all the difference. A piece may take up to 10 days to complete. Because they're made by hand, every one is unique.