Glassblowing Italian maestro coming to Escondido studio

ESCONDIDO, Calif. (KGTV) -- One of San Diego's few remaining glassblowing studios is on a mission to preserve the art and keep the glassblowing tradition strong for generations to come.

“I believe we have to preserve 6,000 years of history," said James Stone, owner of Stone and Glass in Escondido.

When Stone opened his shop in 2001 there were 21 studios in San Diego; today there are just four left.

He says running a shop is difficult and expensive, but well worth the effort.

“The knowledge is hard fought for, hard fought to know how to do this. Lots of mistakes before you get it right," said Stone.

This weekend Stone is offering a rare opportunity to the public, hosting maestro Roberto Beltrami of Murano, Italy. 

You can learn more about the workshop and demos here.

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