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The Artisans | Part One

“For the artisan, craft is an end in itself. For you, the artist, craft is the vehicle for expressing your vision. Craft is the visible edge of art.”

David Bayles Author of Art and Fear

It a rarity nowadays to have a luxury product made entirely by hand yet accessible to most. Whether you are wanting to purchase entire collections for your home, looking for a hand-engraved wedding gift or simply want a piece or two of luxury crystal to enjoy your favourite tipple in; we welcome you.

Teams of three or five highly skilled glass makers work together to produce each Cumbria Crystal product, in what appears to be a choreographed alchemists dance. Lead crystal is gathered from the furnace at a temperature of 1240 degrees Celsius. It is then blown into a graphite or steel mould by the blower before being handed to the servitor who casts on extra glass, using a traditional factory technique rarely seen today, to create the stem and foot. This is achieved by hand, using using wood and metal tools that haven’t changed in 2000 years.

Even today it typically it takes 15 years to train a glass blower.

Once blown the product is passed to the apprentice who cracks it off the blowing-iron and places it into the annealing lehr (kiln) to slowly cool overnight, before it moves to the next stage of production.

A typical product takes 12 days to create from start to finish.

Liquid crystal, fierce flames, intense heat, precision moulds, finesse blowing, precise marvering, perfect forming, crystal fusing. This short film takes you on a journey of the beginnings of the creation of our popular Goblet shape. Experience our glass blowers working together to create a unique piece of crystal using simply their talent and tools that date back centuries. View our range of Goblets here.

Our viewing platform is now open once again so if you happen to be visiting the beautiful Lake District make sure to come to the wonderful market town of Ulverston and watch the artisans at work before your very eyes.

Part two, coming soon.

Thanks go to DVG Creative who produced this short film.

2 thoughts on “The Artisans | Part One

  1. What amazing footage and how skilful your craftsmen are. Thanks for sharing

    1. Thank you for your kind words

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