Battuto Bowl in Warm Green
A bowl by Mark Gordon. "Battuto" translates as "hammered", and the process has imparted a beaten look to the outside surface. 2" high and 3 3/4" wide.
Caring for Your Glass, and the Battuto Process
Cleaning - Any good commerical nonabrasive cleaner works well. A bath in lukewarm water with a few drops of mild detergent, followed by a rinse in lukewarm water is also a good method. Avoid using excessive pressure on thin pieces. Use lint free cloths in natural fibers.
Mineral Deposits - Our glass may be displayed or used. To prevent mineral deposits from building up in your vases, use distilled water and change it often. If spots do develop, soaking the piece in vinegar and water can help.
Matte Surfaces - Ground, etched and sandblasted surfaces hold onto oils. Fresh fingerprints can be addressed with an ammonia based cleaner, or with vinegar and water. Hardened fingerprints can be cleaned with acetone. Be sure to follow safe handling practices with acetone. Treat the glass annually with WD-40 to enhance the surface.
A Word About Annealing - Annealing is not the same as tempering. Our glass should never be used for cooking. Avoid using hot water for cleaning.
Battuto is a glass carving technique distinctly different from the cut glass patterns of the 19th and 20th centuries. Battuto resembles more the surfaces of metal bowls raised by hammering. Battuto is carved, using water cooled diamond wheels, leaving concave facets. A skilled pair of hands can produce a variety of contours in the glass, using differently shaped wheels.