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

Hoineff glass art


Slunečná 122, 47301
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Opening hours

By prior order, min. 1 week in advance.

Minimum number of persons in a group: 1

Maximum number of persons in a group: 8

Set designer and glassmaker Ricardo Hoineff is a man with a colourful life story. He was born in Rio de Janeiro. In a Jewish family. In the early '90s, he packed his suitcase and flew to Prague on a blind. He studied stage design at DAMU and became a respected creator of TV jingles from Citizen Judo to StarDance. At 40, however, he saw a glassblower at work in Nový Bor. And fell in love. Glass. And he went back to school. Today, he creates art glass using his own method. "Scenography is here and now. Glass is forever."

Visiting his studio is a slightly different experience than walking through a gallery. You'll not only see the finished artwork, but also how and where it's created, and get a peek into the life of a glass artist. The studio is on the ground floor of a modern timbered cottage, which was built in 2016 in keeping with the local architecture of wooden cottages in the picturesque village of Slunečná. The studio is equipped with a large fusing kiln, a technique mostly associated with decorative and utilitarian pieces. But with these, the visitor will see something extra, sometimes even the process of laying itself, depending on what is being created at the moment. Over a self-brewed coffee, Ricardo is happy to talk about the technique, his story, the glass, the region and how beautiful it is here, just like visiting a friend at home. He can communicate with his visitors in Portuguese, English or Spanish in addition to English.