We shortened Bohemian Glass to Boha Glass to come up with our company name.
Although we admire glass from all over the world, both of us are fascinated by Eastern European Glass.
We decided to specialise in this area and have searched Bohemia and Eastern Europe to find the very finest studio glass artists.
Each Bohemian glass vase, bowl or ornament is individually handmade and each piece is personally signed by the studio glass artists.
No two handmade glass pieces are exactly alike. Each piece finds it own identity in the glass blowing process. In the heat of the furnace and the turn of the blowpipe.
Bohemian Glass History
Bohemian Glass is a decorative glass produced in Bohemia and Silesia by studio glass artists since the middle ages.
Bohemia is now part of the Czech Republic. It was renowned for its beautiful colourful glass art and Bohemia crystal. Their crystal was made by combining potash and chalk. Bohemia became famous for its engraving and excellent cut. The cut was made by expert craftsmen on a wheel. Even now, Bohemian studio glass artists still wow the world with wonderful cut crystal glass creations.
Polish Glass Artist – Adam Jablonski
We have some select art glass pieces from Adam Jablonski. He is a world-famous Polish studio glass artist. He has won 12 gold medals in both national and international exhibitions. His Jablonski Glass studio in Wolka Kowsowska, Poland has forged some of the world’s most exciting art glass. His work can be found in galleries and collections across the globe. His art glass is all hand blown and is made of a quarter lead crystal. Every piece is personally signed by the artist. Adam Jablonski began working with glass in 1952 and he finally closed his studio doors last year.
He is an international legend on the art glass scene with admirers on every continent. Adam Jablonski has patented some fantastic techniques. One of which blends metal and glass into a stunning glass art infusion.
For a brief history of the life and work of Adam Jablonski click here.
Our stock is some of Adam Jablonski’s very last pieces before he retired and closed his studio.
Lithuanian Glass Artist – Remigijus Kriukas
Our Lithuanian studio glass artist is Remigijus Kriukas. He has produced some of the most exciting and innovative pieces on the whole site.
He has mastered control over glass bubbles and weaves them into sumptuous glass ornaments.
His modern styling and urban chic have won him admirers across Europe.
The Teggno ornaments are just some of his fantastic creations.
Bohemian Glass – Czech Glass Artist – Daniel Stepanek
Daniel’s highly sought after work is an exotic mix of metallic hues, crazed bottles and combed vases.
He is a true talent with many years in the Bohemian Glass business, producing both traditional cut Bohemian Crystal and highly stylish modern glass work – all to an exceptionally high standard.
We hope to bring you more glass artists soon – so please come and visit us regularly.
Please enjoy your time here at Boha Glass.
Anna and Barnaby Kirsen
More on Bohemia and Bohemian Glass
Bohemian glass production began in about the 300BC, and by the 10th Century the Bohemian furnaces were producing glass costume jewelry (bijouterie)
The expression Bohemian (from bohème, or bohèmien) surfaced around the mid nineteenth century in France in relation to the erroneous idea that freedom-loving gypsy travelers came from Bohemia.
Bohemian glass, also known as Bohemian crystal, is a term used to describe brightly coloured engraved and faceted glassware that was popular in Europe in the 19th century. From then on it became a well recognised type, like Nailsea glass or Venetian Glass.
Bohemia is now part of the Czech Republic, and was famous for its beautifully coloured glass. As opposed to usual perception this was non-lead.
The history of Bohemian glass started with the plentiful natural resources found in Bohemia and neighbouring Silesia. In the Bohemian countryside there were large quantities of silica and limestone and plenty of wood for firing the kilns and creating potash.
The oldest Bohemia glass-making sites that have been found in the mountains of Northern Bohemia date to the 13th century and Glass-workers in Bohemia had discovered that when potash was combined with chalk it could be used to create clear, colorless glass that was more stable than glass being produced in Italy.
This new glass could be cut with a little stone or copper wheel and the term Bohemian Crystal emerged, although this was still not lead based at this time. Glass workers perfected their crafft of working with crystal and Bohemian cut crystal became famous for its workmanship and engraving.
By the beginning of the 19th century, English and French lead crystal began competing with Bohemian glass. Lead crystal was glass with a high lead content and lustre and was very good for cutting.
After the decline of business due to the Napoleonic Wars, Bohemian glassworkers learnt how to make lead crystal and started their successful come back. They used the English diamond cut and combined it with more complicated cutting decorations and engravings to create their own unique style.
In the late 19th Century Bohemian exports flourished and coloured glass with painted enammelling depicting floral subjects and lithographic prints of famous paintings were produced on huge quantities in Bohemian factories and sent out to as far afield as America.
Even today, Bohemia Crystal is a well guarded trademark and every piece of an entire Crystal chandelier, such as prisms and bowls, has to be made in the Czech republic for the chandelier to carry the label ‘Bohemia Crystal’.
Even today, Bohemian Glass is held in high esteem by people all over the world.