Empire Glassworks pieces are individually designed by a network of highly skilled glassblowers. These accessories are fashioned in a torch flame by a process called "lampworking”. Only the finest imported glass from Europe and the United States are used in producing Empire Glassworks products. Most of the colors in Empire pieces are custom mixed. Each piece is carefully made and annealed in a kiln at over 1000 degrees Fahrenheit which makes for a stronger more durable product. The higher temperatures are also responsible for the rich natural colors characteristic of Empire Glassworks pieces.