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Works by Latvian glass artists

11.08.2011

Pondering the alternatives of what to buy when visiting Latvia, one of the most interesting choices could be glassware products made by local artists.

Pondering the alternatives of what to buy when visiting Latvia, one of the most interesting choices could be glassware products made by local artists.

Glass art has a rich tradition in Latvia already since the middle ages, when stained glass windows were decorated in Latvia’s many beautiful gothic churches. In time, the creation of interior objects made of glass became popular.

In order to purchase glassware that is right for you, persons must visit one of the many art galleries throughout the country, or from the glass artists themselves, especially if they intend to buy larger pieces.

A wider range of glassware can be viewed at the Glass Gallery in Old Town Riga, where unique pieces made by Latvia’s top glassware artists are put on display.

The gallery features a wide range of colorful glassware products and styles, all of them unique. People can purchase anything from vases, fruit bowls, ash trays, glasses and interior design products. However, if a person cannot find anything that suites them, they are encouraged to try out first-hand at making a unique piece of glassware for themselves.

Small, stained-glass window hangers can be purchased at the "Slazds" gallery in Old Town, whilst gallery "Buteljons" at Riga’s art quarter on Miera Street offers unique designer glassware products made from glass bottles and jars. As "Buteljons" explains, the shop offers nature friendly glassware objects that are practical, but made to look interesting and unique.

One of Latvia’s recent success stories in the export of designer products is the "An&Angel" creative team, which creates futuristic glassware products which have attracted interest from Western Europe, Russia and Japan. Pieces made by "An&Angel" can be seen and purchased in various galleries and designer shops in Riga, including "Riija", "Garage" and "Inre Scandinavian design".

On the other hand, Latvian glassware from a historical perspective can be seen at the Museum of Decorative Arts and Design.

http://www.galerijaasuna.lv/en/about

http://www.makslasgalerija.lv/Slazds-Trap.html

http://www.dunovglass.lv/

http://www.angel.lv/en/

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Buteljons/135607996502274

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