In Kamenický Šenov (founded
1352), a town with a long-term
tradition of glass decoration by
carving and engraving, in the
place, where the oldiest glass
school of the world was
founded (1856), and where
the atelier Lobmeyr was active
for many years, there has been
established a new tradition
of the triennial International
symposium of engraved glass.
A week long gathering of
artists and craftsmen supports
by its possibilities of a
confrontation of the traditional
way of engraving with new methods,
by mutual experiences as well as by a
knowledge exchange and
discussions about the future
orientation of the
technique to the solution
of the question of the next
development of the engraved
glass.The program is usually
divided into the working,
cultural and theoretical parts.
The working one is realized in
workshops of the Glass School
Kamenický Šenov and of
the Secondary Professional
Apprentice School Nový Bor.
The active participants carry
their semifinished and finished
works. The finished exhibits are
accepted by organizers for the
exhibition, the semifinished and
new manufactured pieces are
realized in workshops during
the week from monday to
friday. The exhibition of
participants´ works is opened
on saturday and closed on
Oct. 31 st. The works donated
for the Glass Museum
collection become a part of
the permanent exhibiton.

The theoretical part includes
a specialized seminar, the
lectures are published in the
catalogue of the Symposium.
The supplementary cultural
program is intended especially
for historians, glass experts and
collectors, who are in this way
allowed to meet the
production of local factories
and workshops, as well as
many other facts and places
of interest.

The Symposium is organized
by the Association of the
Engraved Glass Symposia,
in collaboration with the Glass
School of Appliad Arts, the
town, the Glass Museum and
the Atelier of Peter Rath, all
from Kamenický Šenov, and
with members of the Czech
Glass Association.
/International symposia
of engraved glass/


The International Symposia of
Engraved Glass in Kamenický
Šenov have been organized by
the Kamenický Šenov Town,
the Glass Museum,
the Secondary Glass School
and the Glass Studio Peter
Rath since 1996. In 1998 The
Association of Symposium
of Engraved Glass was
founded as a special-interest
association of natural and
artifical persons. Its aim is
to provide - in cooperation
with other subjects – the
preparation and organization
of the tri-annual International
Symposia of Engraved Glass
in Kamenický Šenov.

/The aims of the Symposia/

- creative meetings and
cooperation of artists,
handycraftsmen, historians,
theorists and other specialists

- development of new ideas
in the branch of engraved glass
and discussion of possibilities
of their realization

- increasing of the interest
n the technique of glass
decoration by engraving
especially with students
of glass schools

- making of new contacts,
developing of cooperation with
top specialists and institutions
both from the Czech Republic
and abroad

- organization of professional
seminars

- publication of documents
from the individual years of
Symposia
- publicity of the glass industry
in the region

The first Symposium was held
in 1996 on the occasion of the
140s anniversary of the
foundation of the Secondary
Art-Industrial Glass School in
Kamenický Šenov – the oldiest
glass school in the world – with
the participation of 88 artists,
engravers, glass specialists
and other interested persons
from ten countries.
The exhibition of the works
was opened at the Glass
Museum Kamenický Šenov
from September 27 to
October 31, 1996.

The second Symposium in
1999 was held under the
patronage of the Czech
Commision UNESCO on the
occasion of the 200th birth
anniversary of an important
glass engraver Dominik
Biman. There took part 142
participants from eleven
countries. The exhibition
of works was opened from
September 18 to October 21,
1999, in the new reconstructed
building of the Glassicenter
in Kamenický Šenov.
In the third Symposium held
in 2002 on the occasion of the
650 anniversary of foundation
of Kamenický Šenov under the
sponzorship of the European
Union 115 participants from
the Czech Republic, Australia,
Estonia, the Netherlands,
Japan, Germany, Austria,
Russia, the Great Britain and
the United States. The results
of their activities were
presented in the Glass
Museum from September
7 to October 31, 2002.

The fourth Symposium will be
held from September 5 to
11, 2005.

A part of all years of the
Symposia became a
simultaneously interpreted
professional seminar about
the history, present and
future of the engraved glass,
an exhibition of the works of
the participants, visits of glass
schools, studios of glass artists
and glass companies in the
region as well as concerts in
churches and various cultural
and social programmes.
The history of the Symposia,
presented lectures and
exhibited pieces have been
documented in catalogues and
videos from the individual years.

/Works donated to the
collections of the Glass
Museum Kamenický
Šenov were presented
in exhibitions abroad/


1/ "Leidenschaft Glasschnitt -
Generationen der Glasgravur
versammelt zu Franz Wendlers
90. Geburtstag" in the Glass
Museum Rheinbach near Bonn,
Germany (6. 6.–21. 9. 2003)

2/ „The Glass Bridge/
Glasbrücke Kamenický Šenov –
Weisswasser“ in the Glass
Museum Weisswasser,
Germany (27. 3.–31. 5. 2004)