Czech glass artists produce designer wine glasses to celebrate the 27 EU member states





Photo: Aleš Kosina, Glass and Jewelry Museum in Jablonec nad Nisou

The exceptional collection of twenty-seven pairs of sparkling wine and champagne glasses, each linked to one of the 27 Member States, is now in the spotlight at the Jablonec Glass and Jewelery Museum. The shape and color of the cups differ and symbolize the different countries of the European Union. They are the work of designer and artist Mária Burešová and were made by glassworks located in the so-called Crystal Valley in northern Bohemia – the birthplace of Czech glassware.

The museum’s chief curator, Petr Nový, explains how the idea came about.




Photo: Aleš Kosina, Glass and Jewelry Museum in Jablonec nad Nisou

“It all started in 2020 when we were approached by designer Mária Burešová who sent us some of her designs – wine glasses symbolizing individual countries. It was during the first wave of Covid and she had a lot Their designs were great and we thought it would be a good idea to make it a project celebrating the EU, so she got to work and produced this collection. Two wine glasses for each country – a red or white wine glass and a champagne flute These were produced by seven Crystal Valley glassworks because we wanted to show off the incredible tradition of glass that was born here – which is exceptional even by European standards.




Photo: Aleš Kosina, Glass and Jewelry Museum in Jablonec nad Nisou




Photo: Aleš Kosina, Glass and Jewelry Museum in Jablonec nad Nisou

The 54 glasses are presented in pairs and each country has its own pattern. Finland has lakes, Ireland a four-leaf clover, Denmark chimneys on a boat, Greece an amphora, Latvia amber, Slovakia the Tatras, Bulgaria rose oil and the Czech Republic – its traditional white crystal glass.

Petr Nový says that visitors love guessing which country they are looking at:




Photo: Aleš Kosina, Glass and Jewelry Museum in Jablonec nad Nisou

“Next to each pair is a card explaining what it symbolizes. The collection is like a tour of Europe. It’s not provocative like David Černý’s Entropa during our first EU Presidency, but the concept is similar. Here the artist sought a positive interpretation, a symbol that people would associate with the given country. I’m happy to say that people got into the spirit of things. Often they don’t read the map and try to guess – and very often they are right – for example with Finland and the lakes.




Photo: Aleš Kosina, Glass and Jewelry Museum in Jablonec nad Nisou

Cups in honor of the Czech Presidency of the EU have been produced in several copies, so that it would be possible to present them simultaneously in several cities, and exhibitions have been planned in cooperation with Czech centers at the foreign. At the Jablonec Glass and Jewelery Museum, they will be exhibited until mid-2023.

The companies involved in the production of the glasses were Floriánova hut in Častolovice in Česká Lípa, Lasvit Ajeto in Lindava, Novotný Glass in Novobor, Pačinek Glass in Kunratice, Preciosa in Kamenický Šenov, Martin Štefánek’s glass factory in Desná and Novosad & syn glass factory and microbrewery in Harrachov.

Sarah C. Figueiredo