Precious stones from the Bohemian Paradise

The brothers Jan and Václav Fišers from Turnov. Their alleged voyage to Venice, five years of efforts to seize the local secret of secrecy, return to Turnov, dozens of wasted attempts and then - finally success! In 1711 they made the first glass for the production of artificial stones.


It was in 1712, when Elias Müller built his glassworks on the estate of the Harrach Counts in Jilemnice. It continued in the traditional production of glass, which was produced on the border of the Giant Mountains and the Jizera Mountains in the middle of the 14th century. Even today, you can see not only metallurgical production and blowing glass, but also a hundred-year-old grinding shop. It is driven by a water turbine and transmissions used to distribute the driving force.


Elias Palme, one of the most famous luminaire manufacturers, continued the tradition of chandeliers in Kamenický Šenov. Industrial production of chandeliers was started in 1724 by Josef Palme in Prácheň.


Surely you would not find in the whole Principle and in the broad surroundings of a person who would say a crooked word about Jan Šourek. After all, it was as if he had come to the Principle of Prosperity and Welfare. As soon as he took possession of the reeve, life in the village began to turn for the better. He was one of the first to venture into the world for business.


Josef Riedel, king of the Jizera Mountains glassmakers, was born in Hejnice in 1816. He was the representative of the sixth generation of the glass family and imprinted his footprint indelibly on the slopes of the Jizera Mountains.



Josef Pfeiffer - Jablonec entrepreneur and mayor, who was involved in the development of jewelery exports. Everything is confirmed at the imperial court and in 1866 Jablonec became a town during his reign.

BLOWN BEAD and its way to the tree

People can make sense of time and numbers, but not us, beads. However, I have heard that they have been blowing me in the mountains for more than a hundred years. As a bead would put it, that is a long time. You, who have never seen how a bead is born, you don´t know how beautiful life can be....


In 1920 the first Czech glass school was founded in Železný Brod, thanks to which the town became a center of glass art.


Inspired by Crystal Valley

Patrik Illo - ARTERIE

Muzeum skla a bižuterie v Jablonci nad Nisou - U Muzea 398/4, Jablonec nad Nisou, 46601 | MAPA

The Museum of Glass and Costume Jewellery in Jablonec nad Nisou has prepared an exhibition of glass art works by Slovak artist, designer and teacher Patrik Ill (*1973). Under the title Arterie, it mainly presents his free works.

Patrik Illo is undoubtedly the most outstanding personality of contemporary Slovak glassmaking. His numerous activities connect the world of art and design, as he is, among other things, the chief designer of the renowned glassworks RONA in Lednice Rovne and the head of the glass studio at the Academy of Fine Arts in Bratislava. In more than a quarter of a century of work in the field, he has had around 60 solo exhibitions in Slovakia, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Italy, Germany, Poland and Great Britain, more than 170 participations in collective presentations in 23 countries and numerous participations in international symposia. At the same time, since 2010, as a curator, he has prepared nearly 60 exhibitions and symposia for other artists in Slovakia and abroad. "Although Ill\'s work is formally wide-ranging from commercial design to art design to free art," says Petr Nový, curator of the Jablonec exhibition, "three thematic areas have long been intertwined in all areas of his artistic activity - fluid, interaction and kinetics. Ill\'s work is motivated by the desire to uncover the \'technology of creation\', to get to the bottom of how this process works." The selection of exhibits and the method of installation were traditionally tailored to the unique space in the glass museum annex, awarded the prestigious title of Building of the Year in the Czech Republic in 2020. "For the first time, we are giving a separate space to a foreign artist who, in our opinion, is quite extraordinary. Although Patrik Illo works and creates in a Czech-Slovak context, his works are different and clearly recognizable from our domestic work. Visitors will thus have the opportunity to get acquainted with a different approach to glass," added Milada Valečková, the museum\'s director.  The exhibition will open with a Meet and Greet with the artist on Thursday 16 November at 5 pm. It will be open until 21 April 2024.