Mar 24, 2016
This is a topic that has been in debate for quite a
long time. There is no authority on the subject and depending on
how you go about viewing the argument, there is not a correct
answer. This post is being constructed to explain each of these
arguments clearly, allowing for anyone who reads this to make an
educated opinion of their own.
Before moving forward with the argument, we must first
look at the situation. Currently the United States of America is
the largest glass market in the world, with it growing rapidly into
a multi-billion dollar industry over the last ten years. There is
now a demand for glass like never before. The debate arises around
where the glass that supplies this market should come from, and how
it is produced.
off, we have what I have labeled "Grass Roots Glass" (GRG). This is
an artistic glass supplier fueled by small studios and single
individual glass artist around the world (primarily in the USA).
This includes individual blowers working out of their garages and
also larger American "prodo" companies blowing high quality tubes
and rigs on a large scale in a controlled studio
the other side of the argument we have what we are referring to as
"imported mass produced glass" (IMP). This refers to glass that is
primarily, but not exclusively, being mass produced in factories
around China and India. This glass is then packaged and imported to
the United States to be sold in shops around the country. While
this sounds like simple capitalism at work, there are many other
issues that need to be carefully
The GRG industry would like you to think of safe work
conditions, product safety, artistic quality, local economies, and
product innovation to be issues that must be thought of when
considering the answer to our glass supply source. The IMP industry
wants you to consider only one thing, cost.