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Published on February 09th, 2017 in Basics

  • Vintage photo of glassblowing

  • Vintage photo of glassblowing

  • Antique woodcut engraving of glassblowing – (Image: Google Images)

  • Late 19th century trading card showing glassblowers at work –(Image: Google Images)

  • Ancient Egyptians Blowing Glass – (Image: Pinterest)

As we mentioned in our previous post, a crucial component of ARTĚL glassware (and its value) is that each piece is produced entirely by hand. But what, specifically, does that even mean?


In a series of posts over the next few months, we’ll be taking a closer look at some of the traditional centuries-old techniques that our team of highly skilled Czech artisans uses to transform molten glass into exquisite, one-of-a-kind pieces of luxury crystal.


To kick things off, we’ll start where it all begins – the amazing art of glassblowing.


Vintage illustration of glassblowing, by Claude Augé, c. 1902


This ancient craft, developed over 2,000 years ago during the reign of the Roman Empire, is at the heart of everything ARTĚL produces. Glassblowing involves using a blowpipe to inflate molten glass into a bubble and then manipulating it to achieve a desired shape by using wooden molds and variations in air pressure. Blowing glass well requires not only extensive training and experience, but also substantial athleticism and stamina – and it is always an impressive feat to behold.


Vintage photo of glassblowing – (Photo: CTK)


Care to view a short vintage clip of a truly skilled Australian glassblower (who somehow manages to blow glass AND smoke a cigarette simultaneously) in action? Of course you do.


For more information on all of our production techniques – along with some great vintage photos of glass artisans practicing their craft – click here.