Inge-Glas of Germany
About Inge-Glas® Christmas Ornaments
Inge-Glas® is a family operated business that has been handcrafting glass ornaments with skills that have been passed on for generations. Our trademark, the exclusive 5-Point Star Crown™ suspension ring, caps every one of our heirloom ornaments and is the symbol of our company's superior quality and our 410 years of dedicated craftsmanship. Inge-Glas® employs over 100 artisans and yet, maintains the characteristics of a small family business. Using the same mould composition as those ornament moulds created over 100 years ago, Inge-Glas® has successfully kept the spirit of the glass cottage industry alive. It is the Müller-Blech family wish to share with you the joy and excitement of authentic, heirloom German Christmas ornaments.
The Five-Point Star Crown
This symbol is an Inge-Glas® exclusive trademark, representing the five points of the company, which are:
Authenticity ~ Our Five-Point Star Crown™ is the symbol verifying you possess an authentic Inge-Glas® ornament, created in the tradition of generations of master glassblowers, designers and painters. (The name Blech, translated as "sheet-metal", was added to the Müller name in 1860s to denote the family's invention of adding a wire "hook" atop ornaments for hanging them on trees.)
Genuine German Glass ~ Located in northern Bavaria, by Coburg, Neustadt, Germany is the home of Inge-Glas®, where the Müller-Blech tradition of quality glassblowing dates back to 1597.
Antique Moulds ~ Inge Glas® designs new ornaments each year, with inspiration from 6,000 antique family moulds, dating back to the 1850s.
Superior Quality and Designs ~ Only skilled artisans create Inge-Glas® ornaments. Each piece is masterfully designed, mouth-blown and handpainted with care.
Collectible Family Heirlooms ~ Preserving the 400-year-old history and family tradition of glass-blowing, each ornament is still mount-blown and hand-painted in limited quantities...an heirloom to treasure for generations
Inge-Glas® has a variety of product lines for each decorator’s needs. From the Annual Ornament Series to Brigit’s Wish to the Twelve Days of Christmas, Inge-Glas® products let you decorate your Christmas tree and your house in many colorful ways.
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The History of Inge-Glas® of Germany
In the late 1500s in Lauscha, Germany, the Müller family of glassblowers worked diligently to produce mouth blown glassware of the highest quality for their countrymen and later for others all over the world to enjoy. Beginning in the 1860s, the Müller family specifically customized their craft for creating Christmas ornaments. As generations followed, each would take great care to share their expertise with the next.
Glassblowing was a cottage industry in which every family had their own specialty. One family may have perfected ornaments of churches, while another family might create replicas of pine cones. The Müller family was renown for their bird ornaments. These small creatures not only provided much companionship for the glassblowers during Germany's long, gray winters, but they also became a source of inspiration. Inge-Glas®, as it is known today, has more styles of birds than any other company and remains highly regarded for their artistry in the creation of their bird ornaments. Over 700 antique bird moulds are included in their collection. These glass-blown ornaments were crafted by Inge-Glas® in the same workshops in Lauscha, Germany until 1951. At this time, the Russian occupation of Lauscha led 13th generation descendent Heinz Müller-Blech to cross the border to seek out a new life in West Germany. He managed to smuggle several glassblowing moulds out as he made his journey. After settling down in Neustadt by Coburg, Heinz Müller-Blech began to actively search for antique ornament moulds. His family in East Germany would send packages to him containing only halves of the moulds so that the authorities would not confiscate them.
Heinz' formal reestablishment of the company to Neustadt in 1953 began as a small workshop with three employees. Only as years passed would he realize the success of that reestablishment. For years, Heinz and his wife, Inge, continued the tradition of their forefathers and spent many happy hours together making hand-crafted Christmas ornaments.
In the 1960s, young Klaus Müller-Blech, a 14th generation descendent, spent countless hours in the glass workshops of his grandparents and parents learning various aspects of the profession. He then grew to love this vocation and realized it was undeniably ingrained in his spirit.
In 1992, during the Golden Glow of Christmas Past convention, Klaus met Birgit Eichhorn-Jeremias-Sohn. Birgit also came from a family of glassblowers in Neustadt, Germany. Both Klaus and Birgit attended the convention of antique Christmas ornament collectors to search for ornaments of their families' past. Klaus and Birgit soon fell in love and were married. The families joined forces and combined their traditions and skills. Together their collection includes more than 6,000 antique ornament moulds dating from the 1850s.
Inge-Glas®, named after Heinz Müller-Blech's late wife, represents a family operated business that has been handcrafting glass ornaments with skills that have been passed on for generations by their forefathers. In 1987, the exclusive five-pointed Star Crown™ suspension ring was trademarked and caps these heirloom quality ornaments. Determined to stand out from other glass lines, Inge-Glas® created the Star Crown™ so that from a distance all would be able to recognize ornaments from the Müller-Blech family workshops. The Star Crown™ has evolved into a symbol of the company's quality and craftsmanship. So join in a tradition stretching back literally as far as the idea of glass ornaments.
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