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.


Nový Bor: Higher Vocational School of Glass and Secondary School


Wolkerova 316, Nový Bor


+420 733 712 269



  • Art and Craft Glass Processing - 4-year course ending with the baccalaureate

Focus on:

Glassmaker, glass painter, glass engraver, glass cutter, flat glass processing (stained glass)

  • Glass manufacturer and refiner - 3-year apprenticeship

Focus on:

Glassmaker, moulder, glass painter, glass engraver, glass cutter

  • Interior design - 4-year course ending with the baccalaureate
  • Art glass making - 3 year post-secondary education


Perhaps no country in the world can boast such a long and, above all, uninterrupted tradition of glassmaking as the Czech lands.

The village of Bor (Haida) was founded between 1692 and 1705. In 1757 Bor was made a town. From the very first years of Nový Bor, it was the glass industry that influenced its development. The education of glassmakers in Nový Bor was directly related to the development of glassmaking in northern Bohemia.In 1763, a Piarist school was founded in Haida (today's Nový Bor), where the children of glass manufacturers and glass merchants from the town and its surroundings were educated. The school was established on the basis of the wishes of the tradesmen from Nový Bor, who wished to have a drawing and modelling school in the town for apprentices, journeymen and masters of the glass craft. From the beginning, special attention was paid here to drawing, painting and modelling, which are the basic prerequisites for a good mastery of the art of glassmaking. But this was still not enough.

In the meantime, the town council asked the Ministry of Trade in Vienna to establish a school for glass apprentices, journeymen and masters. They were granted and in 1870 a school for drawing and modelling was opened. In 1882 it was renamed the Vocational School for the Glass Industry. Today, the school offers both classical and modern techniques of glass processing - painting, engraving, cutting, artistic glassmaking, metallurgical shaping, fusing and glass casting.The Novoborská glass school is a very important link in the ever narrowing system of vocational glass education and strives to preserve the glassmaking tradition that has always represented the Czech lands all over the world very successfully.

A new chapter in the history of the only secondary school in Nový Bor began to be written on 1 September 2008, when the teaching of the educational field of general secondary school was started in Nový Bor in the building of the school's headquarters in Wolkerova Street after a nearly forty-year hiatus. Since the 2011/2012 school year, the school has been offering new courses in Interior Design and Preschool and Out-of-School Pedagogy.