Mallorcan glass artist Raquel Pou

Designing sustainable glass sculptures by recycling raw materials

The insect colony of glass artist Raquel Pou (44) also seems to have marched into her gallery straight from the ‘campo’. The Mallorcan from Campos opened the Hot Glass Studio three years ago on the town´s perimeter. Her home and the workshop are only a few minutes apart (on foot).

“Short distances are important to me,” says Raquel, who visited Palma’s glassmaking school and learned in the glass factory Gordiola.

She works exclusively with sustainable and recyclable raw materials from the area, recycles iron from the scrap yard, and window glass from the glazier´s workshop in Campos. She buys her drinking water in glass bottles rather than plastic ones and then melts them in the furnace. The oven is not running on a daily basis, but only on workshop days – then up to 14 hours at a stretch.

The artist loves to transform everyday things into unique pieces. If not it would feel like a pointless repetition of the same to her. In the studio there are oil bottles with lids that are bigger than the bottles themselves – a reversal of meaning. Oil containers which were not sold, Raquel melted again and created a new installation: nine long-stretched bubbles are hanging from the ceiling like a huge mobile. Underneath crawls a colony of ants and beetles. With their shiny, turquoise and crystal bodies, and heads made from old bed springs, the little beasts look really amusing.

Address details

Hot Glass Studio

Ronda Sa Pista, 3, Campos

Dr. Helen Cummins is a lifestyle editor, publisher and successful entrepreneur, who has lived and worked in Palma de Mallorca for the past 20 years. She started abcMallorca.com in 2003 which has grown into one of the island’s largest websites with over 6 million visits per annum.

Her website helencummins.com is a compilation of all the things she values since moving to the island, running hc/ Digital Media and creating an idyllic life in Son Vida with her husband Georg and daughter Eva.

Slow Luxury Living is what sits at the heart of the hc/ website, which aims to inspire people to slow down and appreciate the Mediterranean lifestyle. Alongside her editorial team, Helen handpicks businesses and places that adhere to SLOW: Sustainable, Local, Organic and made with Love.

Instagram