Centuries-old tradition in Bohemia’s heart of glass

Want to escape the tourist crowds in Prague? Head to the natural beauty of the Crystal Valley in the Czech Republic, where high-quality glass of all kinds – including jewellery – has been made for centuries

Areas such as Crystal Valley in North Bohemia in the Czech Republic are world-famous for their glass producton: Picture: Jakub Cabalka

“Grab this pipe, get the molten glass on the end, blow gently – and don’t touch the hot bit,” the glass master had warned. Yet the beer mug that started out so well had shrunk to the size of an egg cup by the time it cooled down. My pathetic earlier attempt at glassblowing (“You’ll be grand if you’ve a steady hand and don’t smoke,” according to an insider) comes to mind while watching experts ...