Northern Bohemia. Part 4: Glass-making at the Sklárna Florianova huť glass foundry in Častolovice near Česká Lípa

by Charles Stirton September. 02, 2007 7353 views

Častolovice and its glass foundry

The Sklárna Florianova huť glass foundary [] is a small glass foundry in a beautiful village called Častolovice. During my recent holiday to Northern Bohemia, a region of many small glass foundries, we visited this foundry as part of our search for the ideal perfume bottle for a perfume created by a friend.

I was fascinated by the whole glass blowing process and in this posting have tried to sequence the pictures to give you some idea of glass blowing.


The art of glassblowing []

By “Jan Struther” (Joyce Maxtone Graham, 1901-1953)

BY the red furnace stands
Apollo mute,
Holding in upraised hands
His iron flute.
Slowly from back and brow
The bright sweat drips;
He sets the clarion now
Light to his lips,
And ever, as he blows,
Without a sound
His molten music flows,
Golden and round.

Never from herald's breath
In brazen horn,
Telling of strife and death
Or of peace new-born;
From silver clarinet
By fingers small
To lips of ruby set
In raftered hall;
From jilted shepherd's reed
Plaintively proving
How he in very deed
Must die of loving–
Never from all these came
A music sweeter
Than this bright sphere of flame
With neither sound nor name,
Cadence nor metre,
That steadily, as he blows
On his iron flute,
Trembles and swells and glows,
Gold-amber, amber-rose,
In melody mute.

1. The owner.

2. Sign from the village to the glassworks

3. Sklárna Florianova huť glass foundary and home of owner

4. One of the products. See their website below to see their full range of glassware

5. The glass-blowers

6. Heating the glass ball

7. Close-up of furnace

8. Blowing the first bubble shape

9. Moulding the molten glass

10. Just lifted from a moulding

11. Twirling the glass in the mould

12. Cooling with water

13. A mould

14. Shaping the glass

15. Stretching the hot glass

16. Checking for imperfections

17. Heating the shape

18. Glass making apparatus

19. Calipers

20. The owner's cat

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Magpy 13 years, 1 month ago

what a lovely overview! gorgeous shots

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Silke 13 years, 1 month ago

In my next life I will marry a glass-maker, who will [i]blowing[/i] every day for me !!


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Ian 13 years, 1 month ago

Nice set, thanks for sharing

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Carley 13 years, 1 month ago

Yes, this is totally fascinating! I have always loved things made of glass....It's really interesting to see the process of making it!

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Jendayee 13 years, 1 month ago

You got me fascinated too !!! I've always admired these men !
Very interesting and great post

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