The new glass exhibition will be GRAND OPENED on 1 March 2024!
Glassmaking in the 19th century
In the timbered facade of Klemencovsko, there is a display documenting the nature of domestic glass production in the late 19th century, a time when a new way of making a living began to emerge from the neighbouring Jablonec region. In their cottages, glassmakers produced glass jewellery components cut on a grinding machine (klemprda) or twisted them at a bench with a kerosene lamp. The display includes examples of glassmakers’ equipment (glassmaker’s bench with burner, machines for making and grinding beads, tools) and final products.
Local glass companies
A further part of the exhibition maps the production of local glass companies in the pre-war period. In 1920, the State Vocational School of Glass and Commerce was founded to support and develop the glass industry and to ensure the supply of skilled labour, skilled in both craftsmanship and artistically educated. Many of its graduates subsequently established their own glass manufacturing and refining plants. They achieved excellent results in their field and Železný Brod glass became a household name worldwide for its quality and distinctive artistic appearance.
The gallery of famous people from the glass school depicts the teachers and pupils of the institution, an institution which was of fundamental importance for the development of the artistic quality of glass in Železný Brod. Through selected works, it portrays the most significant individuals who studied or worked at the glass school. Among them, we should mention long-standing directors of the school, arch. Alois Metelák, Zdeněk Juna, Jaroslav Brychta, Miloslav Klinger, Jindřich Tockstein and Božetěch Medek.
The Brychtová and Libenský Exhibition Hall
The Brychtová and Libenský Exhibition Hall is an effective culmination of the glass exhibition. Both world-famous glass artists present a cross-section of their work together. They have received numerous awards for their artistic contribution to the development of fused sculpture. Their works are exhibited worldwide and are represented in the collections of the world’s most prestigious museums and galleries.