pvra (read as pú-ra) means pure in Portuguese, reflecting the making process of pvra glass pieces.
From the raw materials transmuted in hellish furnaces to the crystal-clear glass you recognize, a strange magic happens. This transformation is what PVRA represents – it’s as much about glass design as it is about the artisans and the craft behind.
Blowing glass is a craftsmanship practiced in Portugal since the 16th century. Initially, the industry was developed to produce coloured stained glass, decorating the several churches being built at the time. Eventually, realizing the utility of glass, dedicated factories were erected. Many survived and even thrive today.
Despite the industrial scale of glass production, various pieces are still handmade by skilled artisans who spent years honing their craft. Sadly, such people and methods are becoming a raritity.