Pâte de verre is an artisanal method of crafting unique crystal forms. The process dates back to early Mesopotamian and Egyptian cultures.
To create pâte de verre we use a mixture of crystal, clear and colored glass, and mineral fragments, which is placed in a mold and kiln fired in a process similar to the lost wax method of metal casting. The process can take up to a week while the molten glass flows through the mold.
During this time, the glass mixes with color and tiny champagne-like bubbles form. Artists call these bubbles – unique to the pâte de verre technique – the “life of the crystal.” Once the mold is broken apart, the surface is either polished smooth or, alternatively, given a frosted finish. The method requires new molds for each and every piece, and as such each sculpture has its own unique character. This makes a pâte de verre trophy one of the ultimate luxuries.
Although the result is exceptional, very few companies utilize this labor-intensive process – among them, two top luxury glass artisans Lalique and Daum.
Society Awards employs this craft technique to create exquisite custom awards and gifts. If you are looking for a unique, luxurious crystal award, ask your Society Awards concierge about our pâte de verre process.