The Stourbridge Glass Industry - see also Stourbridge Glass tour
For centuries glass has been manufactured in the Stourbridge area, reputedly started in the 17th century by French glassmakers from the Lorraine region. They were attracted to the area by the rich natural resources of coal and fireclay for lining furnaces, making it the perfect location for the industry. Stourbridge Glass is recognised as amongst the finest in the world and has been used countless times as gifts for royalty and visiting dignitaries to the UK. Please follow the links below for localglass museums, attractions and services.
Redhouse Cone Glassworks Museum Glassworks Experience
Reputedly the last remaining glassmaking cone in the world, discover the story of glassmaking as you follow the cool of the final blown glass to the heat of 1250 degrees C at the recently restored Redhouse Cone, the only complete cone left standing in the world. Click here for 3D panorama
Make a day out of it - get to the Red House Cone by canal boat! (booking strongly advised). Photos of the Red House Cone Museum
|The Ruskin Glass Centre is situated in Amblecote, at the heart of Stourbridge’s historic Glass Quarter. Formerly the factory for Royal Doulton, the site now provides workshops for a thriving community of craftspeople in both traditional and contemporary glassmaking, together with other crafts. Visitors can see the whole glassmaking process from start to finish, including blowing, cutting, kiln work, stained glass and lamp work. Many items are for sale and there is a coffee shop, serving organic food. It is also home to Glasshouse Arts Centre and Studio Theatre. See Stourbridge Glass tour|
|One of the best glass collections in the world can be found at Broadfield House Glass Museum in the historic Stourbridge Glass Quarter. The displays range from the 17th century up to the present day, revealing the diversity of glass and the creativity of glassmakers through the ages. An exciting programme of events and temporary exhibitions complement the glass displays and celebrate the magical art of glassmaking. There is also a glassmaking studio on site where visitors can watch and wonder at the glassblowers' skills. Admission is free.|
Stourbridge Glass Business Directory
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Crystal Working Factory - hand made and cut
Established in 1922 Tudor Crystal is the last multi furnace company in Stourbridge producing the finest 30% lead crystal within a traditional glassmaking cone. All our products are hand made, mouth blown and then hand cut in our own factory.
|Visitors are welcome to come and see the crystal being made, if we are making on that particular day, and to experience the atmosphere of a real working factory glassmaking cone but come in the morning as they start at the crack of dawn and so finish after lunch.|
See our master craftsmen producing beautiful glassware from just silica sand, potash and red lead oxide. Then see the products being hand cut in our studio and, of course, the finished sparkling end product.
The factory shop, open 10am - 5pm daily, 9.30am - 4.30pm Saturdays, has a wide variety of lead crystal available to purchase. Some will be seconds, some 1st quality (you will be hard pressed to find the difference) plus exclusive ranges made especially for the shop. Discounts are usually up to 70% off our list price. We can engrave, send abroad and advise on sporting prizes and wedding gifts. If you want something really special then come and see us.
Crystal – the home of English glassmaking in the middle of the crystal
|Rose Windows - Stained Glass Artist in Stourbridge|