A Glimpse into Color Staining Lead Crystal Glass in Palestine
History of this Crystal Art :
Derived from the Luster Painting method - With a brush or a pin or both , Staining on Glass using metallic based colors , which are infused to the glass via High temperatures, hence fixating the colors on the atomic level of the glass.
This Art was ever since the Byzantiums were and maybe before that who knows. And was innovated and practiced heavily in the 7th to the 9th centuries by the Muslims of that time, in what was known as the Levant area in the Middle East.
Luster Painting Stains on Glass was revived back again the last few decades in the Holy Land. The reason behind choosing Lead Crystal Glass is still unknown to me for sure. But I'd assume it's due to the strong Shine in Lead Crystal unlike any other, and its reaction to Light, and how Coloring this Crystal would make it Glow with Bright Shimmering Velvety Highlights.
And so, back in the 1990s to 2000, Palestinian Artists from the occupied territories in the West Bank and Gaza were given permits to enter Israel and stain these French Crystal Stems. You can say, it was a collaboration between the Israelis and the Palestinians...
If only glass can talk ...
These are Original French 21% Lead Crystal Stemware , Stained in the Holy Land. They are ones of the last few pieces remaining from the time of the SECOND INTIFADA in Palestine ... And Yes ! They've been here in the US untouched all these years ..
How they got to the US:
By the time of the 2nd Intifada in the early 2000s ; Tourism in the Holy Lands took a major hit. And so, back in 2003 and in an effort to keep the Artist's jobs and studio up and running, a brotherly supportive collaboration between two Palestinians took place enable to import these Rare Crystal Stemware into the USA . One of them was the artist back in Palestine and the other is an American Palestinian businessman here in the US... This businessman was unable to sell them where needed, as he was a tobacco and thrifts savvy yet unsavvy with online marketing. And attending a lot of fairs and shows at that time proved to be difficult for him due to the conflict of Identity of who is selling these Crystals for whom, the Jews or the Muslims in the US....
Well, time passed and the conflict stayed , and glass stayed on high shelves ...but the free spirits know no boundaries .... It was time by the Grace of God that this man granted me the opportunity to showcase them to the world as properly as should, online and in conventions ever since the end of 2015 and on.
Through ETSY at our Mystic Land Painted Shop, and through our own website at Own&Adore , it has been truly an honor to support our Artisans, the Palestinians as well as support the American workers ! The USPS shipping service has been given around 1/3 the slice of any sale.
Mostly all our products at Own&Adore are from the time of the 2nd Intifada ...New yet Retro.
Except for those that we are sold out of in our US inventory and now are ordered and internationally shipped all over the world directly from Palestine in God's will... but not Crystal.
Source for Luster Painting * Metropolitan Museum of Art [ found online ]