Life of glass

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Life of glass

THE company has produced glasses for clients as diverse as Rolls Royce, the British Royal Family and Henry Kissinger.

So it came as a real honour when Gibraltar Crystal was commissioned to make a presentation piece for Princess Anne when she visited in 2004.

The company, based in Casemates Square, began by recruiting glass blowers in 1995, including renowned Paul Alexander who had worked at Dartington Crystal.

Due to health concerns for glass makers when blowing lead crystal the company took an alternative route and used barium oxide, while a supplier of silica sand – a key ingredient – was found in Germany.

The company’s aim is to manufacture locally-made crystal of the highest quality and allow visitors to view the glass-making process at close quarters.

It is able to undertake commissions and orders can be shipped worldwide.

Best of all, the free museum in Casemates Square, gives a great presentation of the age old skills and techniques of glass blowing and there is normally a pro on hand to show you how it is done.

Visit www.gibraltarcystal.com for more information

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