Hand made in countries famous from the best crystalware, each piece of Gurasu crystal represents generations of exquisite craftsmanship, combined with contemporary design for a modern, elegant finish
Gurasu Crystal is known for its contemporary flair – a modern take on classic crystal elegance. However, each piece is still crafted using an age-old process, with hours of skilled work going into every step of the process.
Our crystal is produced in the Czech Republic, Poland and Germany most of it is entirely handmade by local artisans who have been working with crystal for generations – says Joanna Maya. Glass and crystal production in Czech Republic has its origins in the 13th century, in the Lusatian Mountains of north Bohemia.
For centuries, this has been the centre of the industry, supplying demand from the finest houses and palaces of Europe. Production has changed little and the Czech Republic is still known as the home of some of the finest crystal in the world.
Taking the production to the Czech Republic doesn’t just make aesthetic sense, it is also part of the story of Gurasu. Founder Joanna Maya has been fascinated by crystal since childhood, when she would watch the blowers on family trips to the mountainside.
Mountains are the source of crystal and this is the reason why all factories were situated surrounded by them. Wanting to preserve this beautiful craft, she established Gurasu in London what now enables her to collaborate with the best, aspiring, British artists on new designs.
London is the most amazing and inspirational design city and I am proud to live and developing the crystal brand here, surrounded by the best design talent! – says Joanna.
Production begins with the raw materials, heated to 2640 degrees Celsius. Historically, crystal was shaped by glassblowing the mixture by mouth and this is still the most valued technique in the industry.
Four specialist glassblowers are required for each piece of Gurasu crystal, dipping the blowpipe into the heated glass mixture and shaping it either by hand turning the pipe or blowing it gently into a carefully-crafted mold. Once it has been shaped, the piece is set to cool. A glass can cool within a few hours, but larger pieces can take several days.
Exquisite cut separates beautiful crystal from good crystal. Our craftsmen spend a further eight hours achieving the perfect cut and clarity, by hand and by cutters who understand that each design must be meticulously and finely etched using a two stage process.
It is a painstaking process, but one that produces the sharpest cuts. Once cut, the crystal is delicately coloured and polished by hand to bring out the brilliance and sharpness of the design.
Learn more about the traditions behind Gurasu in A History Lesson category.