MOSER, a.s.

The melting shop is the heart of every glassworks, including Moser in Karlovy Vary. This is where the story of every work that later leaves the gates of the factory begins.

It all starts after noon. The furnaces are heated with natural gas burners and then loaded first with shards and then with the glass batch, a mixture of glass sand, fusing agents, stabilisers and refining agents. By 9 pm, the charge has melted and the last grains of the sand are gone. This is followed by the refining process, in which the melt is bubbled, homogenised and freed from impurities. It is finished by 2 am when the temperature starts slowly decreasing. At five o'clock in the morning, the melt is ready and the glassmakers can start their job.

The glassblower scoops the melt onto his blowpipe, rolls it into the required shape on a metal plate and blows the bowl. The marverer scoops more glass onto the bowl and shapes it into the required rounded shape. He then blows it into a mould of the exact shape of the cup and lines the tip with more melt, which will become the stem. Finally, the master craftsman shapes the stem, scoops up the last bit of melt, and forms the foot. Then he hands the pipe over to the glassblower who breaks the product off – onto the tumbler’s fork. The tumbler takes the product to the cooling oven.

This process goes on day after day, week after week, year after year. For more than 160 years, Moser has been an exclusive manufacture. And every Moser goblet, vase or any other item is a true original.

Photo: Michal Adamovský

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