Yigal gently holds in his dusty hands a large, flat, colorful glass bowl. “We call this bowl ‘the Red sea’ because it is so colorful”, he says to me, in fact whispering words of affection to the bowl itself. Next he explains to me how he entraps the paint between two layers of glass in a way that prevents it from being scraped off or damaged. For this reason the bowl can be used for eating, storing food products without posing a risk to our health. “It is a work of art. Every piece that you see here on the shelves was made by my wife or by me”.
At ‘Signature – Mayer Studio for Glass’, located at the entrance to the Tefen Open Museum, visitors can meet Yigal and Vered, his wife, and watch them while they create their unique glassware; bowls and platters in various sizes, special tableware for Jewish holidays,a wide variety of Judaica items and artwork made of glass.
If you insist, Yigal will also tell you the history of the studio, a successor of the Andreas Mayer Company that acquired its good reputation through five decades of activity in Nahariya and was known as ‘Nahariya Glass’. It was there, in that plant, that Yigael roamed the premises learning the secrets of glass production from his father.
Mayer Studio is a combination of a store and a factory providing an intriguing opportunity to see how glass is cut, warmed, painted and glued together to form the variety of products piled on the studio shelves.