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Glass route

Turnov

The glass road wanders through places with glass traditions and present. Its southernmost point is Turnov. At the beginning of the 18th century, the first kiln for melting colourful compositional glass was established, and pressed and cut glass stones increased in economic significance as did the tradition of cutting natural precious stones. After the Napoleonic Wars, in the vicinity of today's jewelry school the village of Sklenarice was established, from which only Paclt glassworks continued activities until 1864. In the interwar period the large companies Belda, Flegr, Ouhrabka, Pitas, Plihal, Slechta and Valha manufactured or processed glass stones and pearls, employing hundreds of local workers. This glassmaking tradition lives on in the activities of the company Preciosa. In the city a workshop for fused glass sculptures is operated by L. Malek. In groups of 5-20 persons, it is possible to visit the production of glass figures by Eliglass by prior reservation.

Frydstejn

A similar assortment as in Turnov, furthermore with cut glass circles "bangles" successfully introduced in nearby Frydstejn by F. Schmidt. His machinery and progressively organised cutting shop was acquired after 1948 by Preciosa, which also introduced the production of glass chandeliers here.

Along the romantic road below the ruins of the castle Frydstejn with views on Vranov and Suche skaly we reach Mala Skala in the Jizera valley.

Mala Skala, Lisny, Splzov

Also here many inhabitants lived by taking home glasswork and pressing buttons or coiled pearls and figures at the end of the 19th and the beginning of the 20th century. We also find actual glassworks at Zelezny Brod in Lisny. Also here, like in the vicinity of the village, initially smaller production for Jablonec and Zeleznobrodsko commercial firms. In 1956, this production was expanded by glass stones and fruit chandeliers and concentration on glassworks attached to the enterprise Zeleznobrodske sklo, now Liglass.

Brusicska dilna Splzov, Sklo Safranek (grinding workshop), U Zastavky 34, 466 01 Jablonec n. N.
tel.: 483 390 775, e-mail: sklosafranek@hotmail.com, www.mujweb.cz/obchod/sklo
only for previously booked groups

Zelezny Brod

In Zelezny Brod are the famous mining and cut glass as well as the original glass figures we find in several kilometres. Until the First World War, glassmaking existed here in the shadow of the textile industry and products from a small generation of glassmaking enterprises concentrated on exclusive engraving and cutting or metallurgical shaping of glass. Their effort supported the establishment of a vocational school of glass in 1920, which to this day has trained an entire generation of glassmakers. They have learned from it among others such personalities as Metelak, Juna, Brychta, Libensky or Jezek. Brychta's glass figures from the 1920s were initially unique, not characteristic production. After 1948, the majority of workshops were consolidated into the enterprise Zeleznobrodske sklo (Glass of Zelezny Brod). Currently again private studios and workshops are in operation, for example Z. Lhotsky. Decisively worth a tour are the permanent exhibition in the jewelry school and primarily the local museum with a new gallery of glass sculptures of our most famous glassmakers S. Libensky and J. Brychtova. In the city and vicinity operate a series of glassworks personalities such as J. Novotny, B. Novak, M. Silena.

Rytecka dilna Zelezny Brod, Sklo Safranek (engraving workshop), U Zastavky 34, 466 01 Jablonec n. N.
tel.: 483 390 775, e-mail: sklosafranek@hotmail.com, www.mujweb.cz/obchod/sklo
only for previously booked groups

SUPS sklarska (glass school), Smetanovo zatisi, 468 22 Zelezny Brod
tel, fax.: 483 346 162, e-mail: sekretariat@supss.cz, www.supss.cz
excursion except summer holiday, exhibition of students´works ? June, July

FIPOBEX s r.o. (bead-grinding shop), Pencin 60, 468 21 Bratrikov
tel.: 483 368 468, e-mail: exkurze@fipobex.cz, www.fipobex.cz/exkurze/
only for previously booked groups

Jablonec nad Nisou

In the direction of Jablonec nad Nisou and into the Jizerske hory we meet a series of small ground-storey buildings with typically high chimneys. They are "drikety" (from German drucken), pressed glass corals and buttons. Let's have a look in one in Kokonin. The village, now a suburb of Jablonec, was once also known for glass engraving and later for the production of imitation jewelry. We can see local products in an extensive exhibition of the Jablonec museum of glass and imitation jewelry, to which the first steps of every visitor should be directed. The past and present of glassmaking art, development of imitation jewelry and valuables comes alive in thousands of exhibits. With them, Jablonec nad Nisou grew from an insignificant town into the current industrial centre. Since the turn of the 18th and 19th century, the number of enterprises and export houses, including Dressler, Posselt, and chiefly Ignac Schwann bound to commercial contacts throughout the world. The Golden Era of Jablonec is, however, the last third of the 19th and the beginning of the 20th century. To this day, evidence of the wealth in the city includes the exhibition villa quarter and the public buildings in this period. Contributing to this without a doubt is also the local Strední bizuterni skola (Secondary School of Glass Jewellry) for the training technique and creative skill of professionals. A serious wound was inflicted on Jablonec glassmaking in the Second World War, when a series of enterprises were transferred to military production, still worse was after expelling the German inhabitants and nationalisation of industry. At that time, all production was concentrated into four national enterprises (Zeleznobrodske sklo, Preciosa, Sklenena bizuterie, Kovova bizuterie). Despite this, the mark Bijoux de Boheme again established itself on an international level and in the world, the city celebrated fashion also by an international exhibition of glass jewelry in the 1970s and 1980s. Production of rod composition glass, flacons, chandeliers, glass jewelry, utility and technical glass remains hitherto the most famous production branch of Jablonecko.

Mackarna koralek (bead-pressing shop), Marsovicka 437, 468 01 Jablonec n. N.
tel.: 483 302 203
only for previously booked groups, min 10 and max 45 persons

SUPS a VOS, Horni nam. 1, 466 80 Jablonec nad Nisou
tel., fax.: 483 312 805, e-mail: sups-vos@pvtnet.cz
only previously booked groups, max 30

Muzeum skla a bizuterie (Museum of Glass and Imitation Jewelry), Jiraskova 4, 466 01 Jablonec nad Nisou
tel.: 483 369 011, e-mail: msbjbc@quick.cz, www.mestojablonec.cz

Jizerske hory

In the forested Jizerske hory to the north and northeast of Jablonec comprises the Jizerska glassworks district. Climactically harsh, poor, where glassmaking, weaving and lumber works were the only sources of income. We pass through Lucany nad Nisou and the road to Harrachov we travel through Horni Maxov, Antoninov, Polubny, Josefuv Dul. Here are the already established royal glass-making Riedl family. In Desna, we pass the representational villa of the most famous of them, Josef Riedl, nicknamed the glass king. Today in its small exhibition of glass, remnants of the former Riedl enterprise sample room. Production of utility glass, which the Riedl family brought well into the modern era. On the right is the family's neo-Gothic tomb, but we are already turning towards Harrachov.

Harrachov

Only a few Czech glassworks have attained such fame as the local one, founded in the former village of Novy Svet in the estate of the Counts of Harrach. Since 1712, this has produced top-quality cutting and painting of utility and decorative glass and chandeliers famous throughout the world. To this day a noble house stands in the campus, in which a museum was opened in honour of the Harrachov glassworks. Technical rarities include the stairway maintained and the one-hundred year old cutting works with water propulsion. The second oldest, continuously operated glassworks in Bohemia is today in the hands of the company Novosad a syn (Novosad and son).

From Harrachov we can continue through Poland and Germany along the international glass road (Szklarska Poreba, Jelenie Gora, Boleslawiec, Zgorelec, Goerlitz - Niesky - Rietschen - Bad Muskau - Weisswasser - Schleife - Doebern - Drebkau). In the opposite direction from Turnov the route leads through Liberec, Novy Bor, Kamenicky Senov. On the entire route operate dozens of glassworks companies, secondary industrial arts schools and glassworks museums.

Detailed information available in the Czech Republic:
GLASSiCENTER s.r.o., Osvobozeni 583, 471 14 Kamenicky Senov,
tel.: 487 764 338, e-mail: info@glassicenter.cz, www.glassicenter.cz

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