The UN General Assembly declared this year, among other things, as the International Year of Glass, a fascinating and beautiful material in all its forms. Get to know glass this year as one fascinating material: crystal clear or coloured, in the form of cut stones, shining chandeliers, jewelry, small beads, dainty figurines and engraved works of art. Visit Czech glass and jewelry workshops, exhibitions and glass events, museums of glass and jewelry and manufactories, where fragile Christmas decorations are born.
Take a peek at the works of glassmakersThe Rückl Glassworks has been synonymous with first-class cut crystal since 1846 and can be found in Nižbor southwest of Prague in Central Bohemia. During guided tours of the Rückl glassworks, you will get to see the various stages and traditional techniques of glass production. Upon prior appointment, tours are available in German and English. The production of Krkonoše ornaments from glass pearls in north Bohemia in Poniklá in the Rautis Glassworks has been on the UNESCO list since 2020. During the excursion, you can take in the entire production process, from the hand-blowing of glass beads through silvering and colouring to the actual assembly of the decoration. Visitors are welcome on weekends, upon prior appointment. The city of Karlovy Vary in west Bohemia is not only a spa hotspot, but also one of Czech glassmaking. The Moser Glassworks visitor centre is located here, dedicated to the art of glassmaking since 1893. Inside the museum, you will learn about the history of this family glassworks, which became a court supplier to the royal courts and still successfully continues the rich tradition of art glass production.
Where to find glass exhibitions
Glass and Jewelry Museum in Jablonec nad NisouThe unique Museum of Glass and Jewelry in Jablonec nad Nisou, north Bohemia, has prepared several new additions to its permanent exhibitions and interesting new exhibitions for this year. Right at the beginning of the year until April 10, you can visit the Finding Balance exhibition, which maps the design of Czechoslovak pressed glass of the second half of the 20th century. Until May 29, The Soul of Glass exhibition will be presented here in the form of works by glass artists who can also make them themselves. And what about permanent exhibitions? There are two of them - The Never-ending Story of Jewelry and The Magic Garden - Czech Glass of Seven Centuries. This year, these permanent exhibitions will be complemented with a permanent display of typical Czech glass Christmas decorations in the museum's glass extension.
As part of the celebrations of the International Year of Glass, the museum is also preparing an explanatory exhibition on Czech glassmaking of the past 30 years titled HOT.HOT.HOT, which you can visit from April to October 2022 at the National Technical Museum in Prague.