Whatever the cause of the lack of evolutionary education, it explains why polls show fewer than three out of five Canadians generally accept evolutionary thought, why conservative politicians across the country defend Creationism and why the Royal Ontario Museum could not find any corporate sponsors in 2008 for its supposedly “controversial” exhibit on Charles Darwin.Most media outlets also fall short on enlightening the public on this wide-ranging theory about the origins of life.We had a set but they slowly dwindled down over the years. The artistry of Javier and Efren has been featured in periodicals ranging from Sunset magazine to the Miami Herald.Impossible to find the same ones in Australia, was pleasantly surprised to find these again. Since the 1990s, Javier Gutiérrez and Efrén Canteras have worked together to preserve Mexico's blown glass artistry. I love blown glass because of the pure imagination poured into every piece created," confides Efrén.An Angus Reid poll recently showed only 58 per cent of Canadians (compared to 42 per cent of Americans) accept the fundamental teaching of evolution; that “human beings evolved from less advanced life forms over millions of years.” It’s disturbing that 24 per cent of Canadians (39 per cent of Americans) told Angus Reid pollsters they embrace Biblical Creationism, or the belief that “God created human beings in their present form within the last 10,000 years.” Another 20 per cent of Canadians said they weren’t sure.
And it turns out Canadians are almost as much in the dark as Americans."Even though the art of blowing glass originally came to Mexico from Spain, and it is practiced all over the world, Mexico's blown glass artistry is unique," says Javier enthusiastically. Now I have the opportunity to teach the art of blowing hot glass to other young artisans.I start by employing people as my assistants, but I aim to train them to be experts, glass blowers equipped with a beautiful and useful skill.Working as a team, Javier specializes in the design of the pieces, and Efrén transforms the designs into a reality. Over the years we have worked hard to design truly original styles with a distinctly Mexican accent." Javier and Efren work with lead-free, un-tempered and recycled glass, which is melted at very high temperatures.They use a long steel blowpipe to pick a glob of molten glass and, holding the pipe with one hand, they masterfully start shaping the desired piece by blowing through the other end of the pipe using tools with their free hand.