Glass and ceramics

The Adolf Rückl Glassworks, Kamenický Šenov, No. 129

The first written records of a glass works in Kamenický Šenov date from the 17th century, when local inhabitants began developing glass and later trading in glass. Until the 1950s raw glass was brought to Kamenický Šenov from far and wide. One of the suppliers was a glassworks in Pernštejn u Plachtína near Pilsen, owned by the Rückl family. The glassworks was run by Jan Rückl’s widow, Anna Rücklová, together with Václav Jílek. Poor business conditions led to the company being moved to Kamenický Šenov...

The Ajeto Glassworks, Lindava 167

The glassworks is situated in a small village about 10km from Nový Bor, a town with a history of glassmaking in the Lusatian Hills. In the early 18th century the village of Lindava was part of the Kinsky estate and was closely connected to the development of glass and textile manufacture. The glassworks was built in 1992-4 on the foundations of the former Ignaze ...

The Buttons, Button Pressing, Smržovka 257

The history of glassworks in Smržovka goes back to the early 18th century, when pressed chandelier fittings were polished here for Nuremberg buyers, and later beads for decorative chains on classic chandeliers. The large number of home polishing and pressing workshops which dot the countryside date from this period – known locally as the “glass Jizera Mountains”. Industrial manufacture of glass developed from the 1850s and, due to wide range of items available, Smržovka became the hub of glass button production. Plain glass buttons were made from opaque, transparent and silk lustre glass...