Glass and ceramics

The Visitor Centre, Pěnčín, No. 60

Pěnčín, a village roughly half way between Jablonec nad Nisou and Železný Brod has always been associated with the manufacture of small glass items, glass jewellery and the agriculture of the Jizera Mountains. The history of glass making in the village dates back to 1558 when one of the oldest glassworks in the Jizera Mountains was founded. The works did not last long however, and a stone memorial to it stands in the forest below Černá Studnice. Glass making took off again with the boom in glass making in the late 19th century...

The Vitrum Glassworks, Janov nad Nisou, 49

The glassworks which stand on the left of road from Loučná – to Janov were built by J. Schorm in 1911-12 to a design by Wilhelm Scholz. The building has a notable roof with ridge skylights and vents, and gable ends decorated with Jizera district architectural motifs. In addition to the furnace the glassworks included an administrative block and auxiliary buildings. Production was in line with traditions of glassmaking in the Jablonec region including raw materials for the extensive local glass jewellery industry, established by the Riedl family...

The Železný Brod – The Glass Town

Železný Brod is a town with a long tradition of glassmaking, the famous Železný Brod figurines, art glass production and significant glass artists. Under the symbolic title Glass Town, Železný Brod traditionally participates in the annual European Heritage Days in September. In particular, the High School of Applied Arts for Glassmaking organises guided tours of glass ...