Opening of the Glass Lab: the 100% handmade glass shop
Every piece is unique
This craftsmanship has a long tradition: the Carthaginians already mastered the art of glass paste, and the Tunisians made mouth-blown glass as early as Roman times. In the Middle Ages, glass factories in Kairouan and Mahdia produced carafes, bowls and flacons, some of which are now exhibited in the Tunisian National Museum of Bardo. This ancient tradition was taken up again by some craftsmen in the 1970s and the art of glass blowing in Tunisia was revived. Just like in Soliman, a place between Tunis and Hammamet. This is where Khaled Azaïez lit his first harbor opener in 2013 and called the glass blowing “Verrerie de Carthage”. Since then, the fire in the oven, named in honor of the first Queen Carthage Didon, has not gone out. It burns 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Works of art such as vases, carafes or bowls made of hand-blown glass are created in its glowing interior. The manufacture also manufactures individual pieces such as fish, penguins and flowers in the style of the famous Italian Murano.
Hand-blown glass art from Tunisia
With The Glass Lab, a famous subsidiary of the Tunisian manufacturer has now opened its branch in Gütersloh. With 55 employees, the company produces 60,000 handmade individual pieces annually, which are distributed worldwide and are mostly found in Europe in Great Britain and France. "The idea of opening branches in Germany came from the great interest shown at the Frankfurt Ambiente trade fair," says branch owner Amine Azaiez. But The Glass Lab is normally found in the big cities. He explains why he opted for a branch in Gütersloh: “We believe that the city and the entire region is the right place for high-quality and first-class products. I have also been living here for nine years and feel at home already. ”
Every piece is affordable and unique
During a tour of his shop, the owner points out the special materials and manufacturing processes: In English, he explains very clearly how in the glassworks the glassmaker takes a glass lump out of the oven with the help of a glassmaker's pipe, for the first time Blow it in to then apply the coloring oxides that make each piece special. The coloring, he says, is worked in in two layers and “sealed” before the glass is brought into its final shape. The entire manufacturing process stems from the long tradition of Tunisian craftsmanship and is therefore also officially certified. It goes without saying that each of these glass products is 100% handmade and therefore also unique. The Glass Lab has been the official supplier of the Tunisian Presidential Palace since 2017 and also one of the partners of the important one international music festivals in Carthage.
A little look at the prices
Individual glasses are available from 11 euros, candle holders from 29 euros and handmade vases are available from The Glass Lab from 29 to 70 euros. The sets of six glasses with a glass carafe are also particularly beautiful, and each can be had for around 100 euros. The Glass Lab is open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6.30 p.m ..