Robert Ornelas & Manuel Silva


The decorative glass plates and platters are called “pigskin glass” because the backing was originally made from pigskin leather.

Manuel Silva and Robert Ornelas are the artists that created this pigskin glass. Silva has over 20 years experience and is the third generation of his family to work with decorative glass. They have worked together since 2002 and the studio is located in the San Leon area outside of Houston.

The pigskin glass is environmentally friendly. It is made with recycled window glass, water based paint, foil, and screen mesh. It is made by first placing the backing material in a mold. Decorative material is applied to the backing and glass is placed on top. It is then heated in a kiln where the heat causes the colors to mix and “slumps” the glass to seal the piece.

Glass Plates  shown are samples of the artist’s recycled window glass, paint, foil & screen mesh  15 x 15.  Please call for current color and stock availability.  Requests for certain color themes will always be considered.