Designed by Landmark Creations. Packaged in white box. 2.5" Tall.
One of the last remaining European folk arts, the art of glass blowing actually dates back to thesecond half of the first century, B.C.E. It began along the Eastern Coast of the MediterraneanSea and quickly spread throughout the Roman Empire. The blowing of glass ornaments beganin Germany, Poland and Czechoslovakia about 150 years ago, where Christmas decoration and tradition is particularly strong. In the eastern part of Germany, basic ball and fruit designs weremost commonly blown. In Poland, glass ornaments and reflectors were used as year-rounddecoration in mobiles and wreaths, while in Czechoslovakia, the art of glass beads was being perfected. The decoration became more elaborate and sophisticated as this cottage industrypracticed its craft. Sadly, Communism almost obliterated the craft after World War II, when the emphasis of manufacturing became one of quantity, instead of quality.
Recently, some of the molds of ornaments from long ago were uncovered and the industryhas been enjoying a renaissance. There is an inherent quality in a product which is hand-blownand hand-decorated. Mass-packaged and machine-made pieces simply do not have the samelevel of craftsmanship, tradition and timelessness. The demand for these hand-blown,hand-painted ornaments is so prevalent today, that not only are the old European moldsbeing blown once again, but also innovative new molds interpreting fresh ideas into glass.