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.

THE GLASSHOUSE IN NOVÝ SVĚT

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

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.

ELDORADO OF BEADS AND SEED BEADS

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

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.

FRIEDRICH EGERMANN

JOSEF PFEIFFER

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....

MELTED GLASS SCULPTURE

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

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Studio VINU

Address

Prácheňská 791, Kamenický Šenov, 47114

Phone

+420 604 622 663

E-mail

karolina.koprivova@email.cz

Opening hours

 

Visit possible by prior reservation.

I first encountered the technique of winding beads in Železný Brod, where I first saw the production of a glass bead on the stove. This mysterious technique gave me an amazing energy. The energy that used fire to transform an ordinary glass rod into a work of art so enchanted me that I was eager to learn the technique. I decided to study this technique professionally at the glass school in Železný Brod, where they have a long tradition of working with glass shaped over the fire. Today, when I think back to my first attempts, it's a bit funny.

Before the bead is created, the glassmaker has to prepare the actual space where he has the glass furnace and the necessary tools. The main component is the coloured raw material in the form of a glass rod, which is melted and wound onto a metal rod using high heat. It is necessary to accurately estimate the appropriate temperature of the glass and to know when it is properly malleable. Then you just have to wind the glass and use your imagination. My favourite technique is hollow beads, which I use to make more monumental jewellery where the weight of the bead is reduced to a minimum while maintaining a good size. I assemble glass beads into my jewellery using stainless steel components in the case of more expensive pieces using sterling silver. I like clean colours and minimalist design.

During a visit to the workshop, you can see the production of a glass jewellery piece from the bead itself to the final assembly into the final jewellery piece. There will be a professional interpretation for those interested. Children and adults can try their hand at making their own bead. In my studio, visitors will see examples of my work in a small home gallery where jewelry can also be purchased.