care & maintenance
Each piece of glass is hand made to order by Justin Parker & Andi Kovel of Esque Studio. Please know that no two pieces are exactly alike. The sizes noted in our price list and on our website are approximate. Slight differences and variations are intentional as this is what distinguishes our work from factory blown glass; this is what gives our glass character and soul. If sizes need to be exact, please be sure to specify this in your order.
the DO’S of glass:
glass may be thin and delicate or thick and hefty but it is always FRAGILE and should be handled gently.
when unpacking or moving a piece, always have a SOFT, cushioned surface prepared to rest it on.
LIFT and LOWER the glass onto the surface.
to CLEAN your glass, it is best to do so with a DRY DUSTER or a small canister of COMPRESSED AIR.
GLASS CLEANER can also be used along with a scratch free cloth or crumpled newspaper.
for hard water stains, we recommend ammonia and a soft bristled brush or sponge.
for lighting pieces, 60 WATT BULBS or less are recommended to avoid overheating.
the DON’Ts of glass
unlike commercial/pyrex glass, hand blown glass is not tempered and is susceptible to thermal shock.
do not put HOT liquid into a COLD glass or COLD liquid into a HOT glass as extreme temperature differences may crack the glass.
never SLIDE or SPIN as this could scratch the glass or potentially the surface on which it sits.
do not make its home the top of a speaker as VIBRATIONS can cause the glass to become molecularly unstable over time.
thick, solid glass can act as a lens and FOCUS SUNLIGHT much like a magnifying glass; this could be a fire hazard.
broken glass is SHARP, please handle it carefully and do not cut yourself.
do not put hand blown pieces of glass in the dishwasher, HAND WASH and allow to dry upside down to avoid watermarks.
Glass is susceptible to the laws and forces of nature and therefore appearances could change with time. This is a natural and normal part of aging and is not a flaw. Silver plated pieces may antique over the years as we use traditional silvering techniques, coating the glass with an actual silver solution. Possible spotting or darkening of the real silver may occur.
When producing colored pieces, the color is applied by hand and therefore varying thicknesses of color produce different hue densities, please remember that each piece is unique and not reproduced.
Any materials used in the piece are also subject to the nature of aging such as cork, wood, leather, metals, glues, epoxies and finishes.
If you need more specific maintenance information, please feel free to call or email us for advice. We can update, care for or maintain your work for you at an hourly rate upon request. Please refer to our Terms & Conditions or contact Esque’s office for details at 503-289-6392.
Thank you for purchasing an original Esque piece!