Studio Xaquixe is a revolutionary glassblowing studio in Oaxaca, Mexico, one of the most economically disadvantaged communities in the country. Founded by Christian Thornton and Salime Harp Cruces, the studio has spent the last fifteen years perfecting not only their craft of glassblowing, but the sustainable and ecological way that they run their facility. Through much experimentation they've learned to create beauty from waste – they produce their own fuel and power their furnaces, glory holes, and annealing ovens using processed, used vegetable oil from local restaurants, methane gas produced on-site from a combination of cow and pig manure, and blood from a local butcher. Other equipment is solar powered and the glass itself is made from recycled bottles brought to the studio by waste pickers, restaurants, and locals because there are no municipal recycling programs in the area. During a typical week, 550 pounds of discarded glass is recycled and used to create beautiful, handmade vessels and home goods.