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World renowned luxury retailer Fortnum & Mason epitomizes the trend in traditional English Crystalware.

From its fabulous flagship store located at 181 Piccadilly, London to its retail stores at St. Pancreas Station and the Royal Exchange, Fortnum & Mason has always been at the forefront of providing its clients with the best products the world has to offer.


In its 300 years of trading the company has always stayed ahead of new trends and innovations. For instance in 1866 the company introduced the mighty baked bean to Britain for the first time thanks to their belief in a young American entrepreneur determined to introduce this unusual product to the UK Market. Whilst one doesn’t imagine Baked Beans when you think luxury department stores, this was a gastronomic first that took the UK by storm.

Cumbria Crystal as the last UK producer of hand-made luxury Crystal has regularly featured in the most salubrious of surroundings and high profile organizations – these include the famous Glyndebourne Opera House in West Sussex; every Bentley Bentayga Mulliner and Thomas Goode, located in London’s Mayfair and boasting two royal warrants to the British royal household of Queen Elizabeth II and the Prince of Wales. We are delighted therefore that Cumbria Crystal will once again become more readily available to available through Fortnum & Mason.

Our Sales contact Mike Iland says “the relationship with Fortnum & Mason builds on our strategy of building working partnerships with luxury brands that value to very best in British artisan skill and design.

Today we see people rejecting fast fashion and the throwaway culture of modern mass-produced, inexpensive products. The appreciation of skill and craftsmanship is returning and with it a resurgence of interest in cut crystal as can be seen in contemporary cocktail bars and exclusive dining venues in cosmopolitan England.”

The Cumbria Crystal Grasmere Collection couldn’t be more suited. The Georgian style regularly features in period dramas including the hugely popular Downton Abbey. Most recently the Grasmere Vintage Champagne SW-008-GR  glass was selected for a luxury £400 cocktail for the prestigious Samling Hotel , Lake Windermere.

Designed in 1976 by Lady Grania Cavendish, an original founder of the company and part of one of the most influential aristocratic families in England , Grasmere is the most time consuming and complex collection to produce. Manufactured using flute, mitre, diamond, rings and hollow cuts the design uses seven different cutting wheels & the collective efforts of the whole team to produce.

The Grasmere collection is available in store at Fortnum & Mason’s, 181 Piccadilly, London, W1A 1ER or directly from Cumbria Crystal online at cumbriacrystal.com


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Cumbria Crystal works with Legendary Gin producer on the perfect recycling project.

At Cumbria Crystal we pride ourselves on producing the finest hand blown Crystal produced by our highly skilled artisans here in our factory in Ulverston. Usually spending our time creating our luxury products for British Embassies, bespoke car manufactures and luxury high street retailers worldwide, we were intrigued when we received a call from Sipsmith, London (who began manufacturing their incredible spirits in 2009 in a small workshop space located in Hammersmith, London) to work on an interesting repurposing project, breathing new life into their bottles and making use of a product that would otherwise of just been recycled in the usual manner.

Fairfax and Sam (Sipsmith’s founders) have an unwavering belief in things well made – the way they used to be, the way they should be, so they set up London’s first traditional copper distillery since 1820. Their mission is simple: to bring London Dry Gin of truly uncompromising quality and character, back to the city where it first earned its name. Every bottle of Sipsmith is hand-crafted in small batches, every batch is lovingly laboured over by hand, by dedicated Distillers. No regimented timings, no automatic cuts, just a craftsman’s flair and a passion for gin well made – reminding of us of our own manufacturing techniques and passion for producing the best quality by hand, using a skilled craftsman’s knowledge and expertise to provide the perfect form to our glassware.   

With this combined ethos and consideration to the art of our individual business’s, the journey began. We received 120 empty bottles from our friends at Sipsmith with the specification to transform these relatively plain bottles into extra special Martini Stirring Glasses for customers worldwide.

The process of making the glasses started with our processing staff cracking off the top third section of the bottle to ensure that the volume was correct to Sipsmith’s specifications. This is achieved by scoring the glass and introducing a flame to the scored line, this shocks the glass and after around 30 seconds the unwanted glass will break away. In order to ensure a smooth finish the next step is to grind the lip to a smooth finish using motorised diamond cutting wheels.

At this point the glass is checked for the correct height.

The unfinished stirring glass is then taken to the Glasshouse team and inserted into a tool which allows the glass to be warmed in a heating chamber. Once the glass is at 600 degrees centigrade a gas torch is used to focus heat on the rim and then a carbon lipping tool is used to hand form the pouring lip. The glasses are then placed into our annealing kiln to cool slowly overnight.  

An extract from Sipsmith’s website for The Ultimate Martini;

125ml Sipsmith London Dry Gin 
25ml Dry Vermouth

Stir over ice, strain into a chilled martini glass. Garnish with a lemon twist. 

Each stirring glass is 500ml, but for the perfect martini it is recommended to stir down one martini at a time.

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Bentley Centenary Car

As seasoned advocates of our work at Cumbria Crystal we are sure you are aware of our Collaborative work with Bentley Motors, seeing our fabulous bespoke flutes supplied with every new Bentley Bentayga Mulliner – we have recently been working on a new project with the Mulliner team in the run up to Bentley’s Centenary celebration year and are delighted that our bespoke tumbler and decanter collection were shown to the eagerly watching public at the launch event in Pebble Beach, Caifornia at the exclusive Monterey car week.

This has been a long process, to develop a truly unique product to this vehicle (the Mulsane WO Edition) and we feel completely honored to be part of such a special moment in Bentley’s life and look forward to collaborating on many other projects in the future.

The Mulliner Mulsanne WO edition is inspired and created in celebration of   Mr Bentley himself, the man who’s true time goal was ‘to build a fast car, a good car, the best in it’s class’. It features not only an 8 litre engine, the same as WO Bentley’s own vehicle launched in 1930 but every person who is lucky enough to own one of these incredible vehicles will share with them a part of Bentley’s history in the vehicle itself. Hidden between the two rear seats lies a section of the original Crankshaft, somewhat similar to the crankshaft used in all modern Bentleys – this is beautifully inlaid in a clear window in the tray of  the drinks cabinet (located just behind our bespoke tumblers.)

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Try your hand at glassblowing – one of many new experiences lined up at Cumbria Crystal!

Experience the 2000 year old tradition of hand blown glass-making at Cumbria Crystal, Ulverston

Being the last manufacture of luxury crystal in the UK, we are famous for producing some of the highest quality hand-blown and cut lead-crystal in the world and are proud to supply clients such as Bentley, Rolls Royce, all the British Embassies and many Royal families.

Our ethos has always been to welcome visitors into the factory to watch glass being blown as there are very few places left that this 2000 year art can still be seen. The educational benefits for young and old alike are undeniable – sharing the experience of watching glass being transformed from sand into crystal and then being worked by artisans at temperatures in excess of 1200 degrees centigrade is close to alchemy and is fascinating to watch. It is rare that visitors to our factory fail to marvel at the collective skills required to create the crystal they see being made in front of them.

In order to extend appreciation of the craft, a small furnace has been built to specifically enable visitors to receive tuition and blow glass alongside our artisans who may well be blowing the crystal used by James Bond in Casino Royale or Downton Abbey.

We are delighted to welcome Clare Wilson to the team to co-ordinate & deliver an extensive programme of activities. Clare studied for three years at the Edinburgh College of Art and trained for four years at JamFactory Contemporary Craft and Design in Adelaide, Australia, a highly respected contemporary craft organisation. Combined with extensive teaching experience Clare is well placed to revolutionise the experience on offer by offering hands on opportunities to our visitors both near and far.

15 and 30 minute experiences making coloured glass baubles or paperweights are now available and bookable Saturday – Wednesday. Participants will be guided through every step of the process, selecting different coloured glasses to work with, melting the colour into the liquid glass and then blowing & forming the paperweight or bauble. Paperweights are very hands on & in addition participants will be able to form the liquid glass with wet newspaper held in their hands!

Bauble workshops are available from 8+ years (Starting at £20). Paperweight workshops from 13 years+ (£45). Workshops are suitable for group sizes up to 8 people, reservations are recommended especially at busy times, drop in sessions are available subject to availability.

In the coming weeks we will expand the programme to include a three hour tumbler workshop suitable for up to three people, plus half and full-day glass blowing tuition packages suitable for up to two people. These present the perfect opportunity to share an amazing creative experience and develop glass blowing skills, or to give someone an amazing present (gift vouchers are available).

Experience the 2000 year old tradition of hand blown glass-making at Cumbria Crystal, Ulverston

Being the last manufacture of luxury crystal in the UK, we are famous for producing some of the highest quality hand-blown and cut lead-crystal in the world and are proud to supply clients such as Bentley, Rolls Royce, all the British Embassies and many Royal families.

Our ethos has always been to welcome visitors into the factory to watch glass being blown as there are very few places left that this 2000 year art can still be seen. The educational benefits for young and old alike are undeniable – sharing the experience of watching glass being transformed from sand into crystal and then being worked by artisans at temperatures in excess of 1200 degrees centigrade is close to alchemy and is fascinating to watch. It is rare that visitors to our factory fail to marvel at the collective skills required to create the crystal they see being made in front of them.

In order to extend appreciation of the craft, a small furnace has been built to specifically enable visitors to receive tuition and blow glass alongside our artisans who may well be blowing the crystal used by James Bond in Casino Royale or Downton Abbey.

We are delighted to welcome Clare Wilson to the team to co-ordinate & deliver an extensive programme of activities. Clare studied for three years at the Edinburgh College of Art and trained for four years at JamFactory Contemporary Craft and Design in Adelaide, Australia, a highly respected contemporary craft organisation. Combined with extensive teaching experience Clare is well placed to revolutionise the experience on offer by offering hands on opportunities to our visitors both near and far.

15 and 30 minute experiences making coloured glass baubles or paperweights are now available and bookable Saturday – Wednesday. Participants will be guided through every step of the process, selecting different coloured glasses to work with, melting the colour into the liquid glass and then blowing & forming the paperweight or bauble. Paperweights are very hands on & in addition participants will be able to form the liquid glass with wet newspaper held in their hands!

Bauble workshops are available from 8+ years (Starting at £20). Paperweight workshops from 13 years+ (£45). Workshops are suitable for group sizes up to 8 people, reservations are recommended especially at busy times, drop in sessions are available subject to availability.

In the coming weeks we will expand the programme to include a three hour tumbler workshop suitable for up to three people, plus half and full-day glass blowing tuition packages suitable for up to two people. These present the perfect opportunity to share an amazing creative experience and develop glass blowing skills, or to give someone an amazing present (gift vouchers are available).

For further details, or to book, please contact:

beth@cumbriacrystal.com

www.cumbria crystal.com/blow-a-bauble

+44(0)1229 584 400