Did you learn from a master artisan?
Although I have a background in international trade, my life has always revolved around the art of glass. I learned the techniques from my father. I will always remember his hands. He used to say: 'Perfection does not exist, but we must try to achieve it'.
When did you decide to follow in his footsteps?
My father had always encouraged us to work elsewhere. One day when I went to visit him, I found that even though he was overwhelmed by his craft, he was still smiling. I had come from only six hours of work and wanted to die! At that moment, I realised I wanted to smile like him.
© Albert Martinez
How do tradition and innovation entwine in your work?
The best way to express tradition and innovation in our work is by incorporating the best of ancient and modern glass crafts. You can be the best glassblower in the world, but if you do not add new designs, you won't survive. I love collaborating with brands, designers, artists and students.
What would you advise a young artisan who wants to work in glass?
When giving conferences to young entrepreneurs, I always tell them the same thing: do not get involved in this craft just for money. You must be committed out of passion. If you do so, and work hard, the money will arrive.