Glass and Ceramics Centre

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K1000
Greater London, UK9 contributions
Aug 2019 • Friends
Positioned directly over the road from the Schindler Factory Museum, we visited this little oasis of sparkly glass entirely by mistake. The Schindler Museum is closed the first Tues of every month and, after walking all the way there, it was on the off-chance that we popped our heads into what looked like an art gallery specialising in pieces of bespoke blown glass, opposite the Schindler Museum.
Like most sights in Krakow, you can get there by taking a small, open-sided tourist bus to bring you, or you can walk through the picturesque surroundings of the Jewish Quarter and across the River Vistula.
The young lady behind the till welcomed us, in faultless English, and offered to let us watch some glass-making and glass-blowing that was taking place in the main body of the factory/institute, right behind the gallery front.
Price 3PLN each. Absolute bargain!
We watched as two gents collected blobs of molten glass from the furnace, moulded and cut it with glass-handling tools, rolled it into shape and produced transparent models of fish, birds and a cat which they then placed in a cooling kiln.
My mate blew some glass.
We’d also purchased a couple of tickets to the institute’s small museum upstairs, included in the price, it turned out, so up we went to have a peek, not expecting much at all.
A fascinating display of glass awaited; pieces of all colours, ages and styles and glass-making tools of all ages, together with a history of glass-making techniques in Poland. All the signs were also in English as well as Polish. We used the spotless loos and returned to our hotel. Not a wasted trip at all but an unexpected gem. No attempts to hassle you into making a purchase. Brilliant find!
We were the only people there. Whole visit takes about 1 hour.
Written August 28, 2019
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BobPat44
Scarborough, UK71 contributions
Aug 2018 • Couples
Just across the road from the Oscar Schindler factory is a gallery and workshop where dedicated craftsmen who are passionate about their work provide visitors with an opportunity to see and blow glass objects.
If you have never seen glass blown then this is a great place to see and learn.

Written August 4, 2018
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MissingMyDog
Nepean46 contributions
Sep 2016 • Couples
I am recommending the store as I did not take the tour/visit the exhibit. The art glass is remarkably inexpensive and there is something for everyone's taste.
Written September 16, 2016
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Piotr K
Krakow, Poland49 contributions
Jun 2014 • Couples
The museum is located quite far away from most typical tourist routes so it might be a bit hard to find, but if you visit MOCAK contemporary art museum or Oscar Schindler's factory, the glass museum is directly next to them and it's worth to take a look. The place opened in May and it seems it is still rather unknown, because I haven't seen many visitors there (which is a clear plus if you don't like crowds). Mind the opening hours: it's closed on Sundays, glass blowing shows end at 4 PM on weekdays and 2 PM on Saturday.

By buying a 14 zł ticket (10 zł reduced) you are allowed to see an exhibition and witness glass-blowing. The staff can provide some basic explanation in Polish how glass is produced (I have no idea if they speak English). Glass-blowing show is something worth seeing - there is a lot of space, you can come quite close and make photos, people working with glass seem to have worked for many years in their profession, they can manufacture some pretty items and answer questions while they work.

The exhibition is not very big and could be better organised. However, there are some impressive ideas, like a touchscreen allowing to browse photos explaining how each tool is used. Apart from showing the history of the place and tools used in glass production, the museum has a medium-sized but beautiful collection of 19th and 20th century glassware.

Of course, there is a shop where you can buy some handcrafted glass.
Written June 21, 2014
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victoriaellis
Scotland, UK14 contributions
Apr 2019 • Couples
Visited after we'd been to Schindler's Factory, just across the road. We arrived partway through a demonstration but were welcomed in and also had the opportunity to have a go at glassblowing ourselves, which was great. There is also a really interesting little museum upstairs and a great little shop with very reasonably priced items.
Written April 19, 2019
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Ppatel1234567
Toronto, Canada80 contributions
Sep 2018 • Friends
Watch true artisans make glass blown figurines and pots. These guys are very talented!
Definitely worth the visit when you are in Kraków
Located opposite Schindler factory
Written September 20, 2018
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DlkStokes
Eastbourne, UK186 contributions
Mar 2017 • Couples
This place is an absolute gem. It was included in our not so good Hop on Hop off tour. The staff were extremely friendly. The demonstration was fascinating, the two men extremely pleasant and very cleaver. They spoke no English, however made us feel really welcome. They clearly explained each part of the process. The objects they made were amazing and when we got to try it was great. A real Gem, well worth a visit.
Written March 26, 2017
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Julia @Scrumptious Solent
Southampton, UK2,228 contributions
Jul 2016 • Couples
Straight across the road from Schindler's factory, this nice showroom has an interesting array of hand made glass and very reasonably priced. Picked up a lovely swirly clear and red glass bud vase for £7. Also sells modern ceramic pieces.
Written July 12, 2016
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mulcahymech
Melbourne, Australia2 contributions
Apr 2016 • Couples
A good idea to visit when you are at the Schlinder museum as it is directly across the road. The exhibits are very nice and the gift shop items range in prices does allow anyone to take a momento home.
The highlight for our party of 3 was the factory where you interact with the glass blowers. We were all offered the opportunity to have a go at glass blowing and this created a few laughs amongst us.
Written April 27, 2016
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Marie-Louise K
Mariestad, Sweden824 contributions
Oct 2014 • Couples
I wish I had looked at Piotr's review again before we were going there. We were a bit confused where it was located and thought it was part of MOCAK. It wasn't. After a while we understood it was wrong and came to the right Place. The exhibit is not big, a few rooms only upstairs. It's about glass in Cracow and there is a Collection of old glass + an exhibit of contemporary glass with Polish glass-designers. We didn't find much about ceramics. Downstairs is the glass-blowing and it was nice looking at it. The glass-blowers were nice and friendly and showed us what they were going to make. The shop is downstairs in the hall to the right is the glass-blowing. The entrance fee was 14 Zloty. The place is just opposite the street to MOCAK and they are not the same. MOCAK is a modern art museum. You can easily walk to MOCAK, the glass - and ceramics centre as well as the Schindler Factory. They are all very near each other but MOCAK and the factory are on the same side. We took the tramway over the river and the bridge to the Square with the chairs and we could get off at the Square which was very good. We also crossed the Square and paid a visit to the Eagle Pharmacy museum. If you go to the ceramics and glass centre look at their website for the opening hours and the glass blowing.
Written November 2, 2014
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