"We both have had to make personal sacrifices, but we have taken on the challenge of balancing our work and the development of our venture with our dedication to our respective families."
"I'm Salvador Momox, from the state of Coahuila, and moved to Jalisco to study engineering with a specialization in quality. After some time I visited Salvador Murillo's glass workshop and I was immediately taken by the shapes and colors of what I saw there. I left with a desire to learn more.
"I returned with an offer to form a partnership and we started with a shop, selling the work of a man who had a glass workshop. We weren't crafting anything yet.
"After a while our friend, the owner of the glass workshop, passed away and the workshop had to close down. Since our venture was growing we thought we could keep the workshop going and in February 2013 we took the plunge – with our savings and some loans – and became blown glass producers.
"We encountered several challenges at first, due to the high costs. We both have had to make personal sacrifices, but we have taken on the challenge of balancing our work and the development of our venture with our dedication to our respective families.
"It has been gratifying for us knowing we didn't give up, we continue to forge ahead, and that our customers are visibly pleased with our work.
"I'm in charge of the blown glass process and logistics as well as accounting and dealing with suppliers as well as customers. Murillo is in charge of the workshop, retail sales, and the forged iron lamps we also specialize in. He is quite knowledgeable about these lamps, because that's what his parents used to do. However this is an art you're constantly learning from.
"Despite some difficulties and our lack of experience, the people in our team placed their trust in our capabilities and together we have made this venture grow. People wishing to join our team must be driven by a desire to develop professionally, and though we already have a good team we're hoping to evolve so we can offer more jobs to the community.
"Our main material is recycled glass, properly washed and cleaned before melting. We prepare most of our colors, and some we purchase. The most intricate part of our process is finding the right point for melting the glass as well as finding the right color combination for our designs.
"When we create our products we want to make sure that people can perceive the handcrafted, top quality, artistry within each piece. We always aim to create designs that are modern and new, with the vibrant colors that distinguish Mexican artesanias.
"As an association we are concerned with each member's progress, offering the best salaries. We are genuinely interested in each person's private life too and try to support them the best way possible. We have also offered work to older people who are living with arthritis or Parkinson disease because we strongly believe in offering a fair chance to everyone.
"We aim to keep on growing and be recognized world wide. We'd love to see our products in more places, becoming a top quality representative of Mexican handcrafted products."