The elemental beauty of glass
Crystal clear, hued in soft ambers to bold cobalt blues, and blown into fantastic shapes, glassware comes in all shapes and sizes and colours and styles. The most basic elements required to manufacture glass are water, wood and quartz. And traditionally, its where these are found in abundance that the art of glass making excelled. Here on eBay, you will find glassware created by the very best studios around the world, many of which have a history of manufacturing dating back hundreds of years.
Whether you are a collector of unique pieces or wish to find the perfect gift, you are sure to be enchanted by the wide selection of quality glass available.
Murano glass is made on the Venetian island of Murano, in Italy, where craftspeople have been producing elaborate and skilfully made glassware for centuries.
For hundreds of years, Muranos glassmakers were at the very cutting edge of the European producers, developing and then refining technologies that include enamelled smalto glass, crystalline glass, lattimo milk glass, golden glass, multicoloured millefiori glass, and imitation gemstones made of glass. Their bold use of colours, pattern and extravagantly spun shapes are very distinctive.
Bohemian crystal glass
Produced in the regions of Bohemia and Silesia, now parts of the Czech Republic, Bohemian crystal, as it is best known, has a long history of being renown the world over for its high quality, striking designs. This crystalware is hand-cut, blown and engraved and their decorative works range from champagne flutes to enormous chandeliers, along with smaller figurines and ornaments.
Founded as a glassworks in 1881, in Finland, Iittalas crystal age came about in the 1920s and 1930s when Iittala was recognized for the crystals being produced at their glassworks by the World Exposition in Barcelona. Design-focused from the very start, they have worked with some of the most exciting designers of the twentieth century, producing Iittalia glassware that went on to be in a multitude of awards for innovation and beauty.