Bohemian Glass Tradition

Bohemian Glass Tradition

500 years ago, according to historical documents, there existed well over one hundred glassworks on the territory known then as the Lands of the Czech Crown. From the many significant benchmarks in the history of the glass-craft industry, it is worth noting that the first known manufacturing of crystal chandeliers took place in North Bohemia under the trademark of Maria Theresa, a trademark reaching back to the early years of the 18th century.

Czech crystal and artistically worked glass have ever since been regarded as exceptional and highly prized products of export. By the 1950’s, the design and production limits for the working with the material of glass had expanded in Czechoslovakia through the pursuit of new and experimental techniques, first introduced by the School of Applied Arts (VŠUP) in Prague. Modern glass art had found there its first advocates, including such internationally regarded names as Rene Roubicek, Jaroslava Brychtova, Stanislav Libensky and many others: true pioneers of modern art in the medium of glass, whose longstanding commitment to experimentation led to the creation of such technologies as molten-glass sculpture, a medium increasingly used for both interior and exterior ornamentation. The experience and know-how of these trailblazers of glass art have been successfully passed down to several succeeding generations of artists and designers, professionals who have helped shape a new era of the modern Czech glass. This newer tradition has since been transmitted to the world through international architectural exhibitions and glass craft symposia organized around the globe. These rich traditions serve as our library of expertise, and the foundation upon which our own creativity is inspired.