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Crystal Glass Glassworks “Julia”

The tradition of producing artistic products from crystal glass, appreciated at international competitions and reaching the homes of royal and aristocratic families not only throughout Europe, but also across the Atlantic, dates back to the end of the 19th century in Piechowice.

The tradition of producing artistic products made of crystal glass, appreciated at international competitions and reaching the homes of royal and aristocratic families not only throughout Europe, but also across the Atlantic, dates back to the end of the 19th century in Piechowice.

The crystal glassworks in Piechowice, founded by Fritz Heckert, quickly became a competition for Huta Josephine, operating in Szklarska Poręba since 1842, belonging to the Silesian Schaffgotsch family. In a short time, mainly thanks to the hard work of specialists from the Czech Republic, who are well-versed in their trade, blowers, grinders and glass painters, the manufacturer managed to achieve an artistic level equal to the glassworks in Szklarska Poreba. Soon both steelworks, together with the company Kynast Kristal Neumann & Staebe from Sobieszów, joined forces and in 1923 established the Josephine joint-stock company. A dozen or so years after the end of World War II, after the earlier incorporation of Silesia into the borders of the Republic of Poland, the glassworks, then the largest crystal glass manufacturer in the Karkonosze Mountains, in 1958 adopted the Polish name – Julia. It was close to the end of the century at the turn of the century, but after the bankruptcy of private, foreign investors, in 2006 the new owners restarted the production of hand-made and decorated products of the highest quality, intended for sale both in Poland and abroad. .


The Glassworks “Julia” is a place where history intertwines with the present. Visiting the glassworks provides not only the opportunity to travel back in time to the origins of the historic building, located in the building of the former Fritz Heckert factory, but also a unique opportunity to see with your own eyes what the modern process of glass blowing, hot mass forming, grinding and finally applying beautiful ornaments. It is much more than a guided walk through the museum or a specially prepared show, in the glassworks, guests at individual stands watch the daily work of the best craftsmen, which results in glass works of art. In addition to sightseeing, the owners of the glassworks also organize group workshops: engraving, mini-glassworks for children and glass painting.

For detailed information about the facility, please visit the steelworks website:  http://hutajulia.com/

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