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About the Centre

The Glass and Ceramics Centre, located in Kraków at 3, Lipowa Street, is an initiative of the Glass and Building Materials Department of the Ceramics and Building Materials Institute in Kraków. It is a place which employs educational, teaching, exhibition and cultural activities to acquaint Cracovians and tourists with the history and technology of glass art.

The Glass and Ceramics Centre includes:

  • The Lipowa 3 Gallery, which regularly organises exhibitions of works by contemporary Polish artists that supplement its permanent offer of unique handmade glassware and ceramics products (plates, bowls, glasses, figurines, caskets, jewellery)

  • Live demonstrations of glass being hand-moulded in a blast furnace 
  • An exhibition and museum complex – a permanent exposition relating to the history and technology of glassmaking, which includes a collection of original tools used for the manufacturing of glass and a collection of antique glassware from the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, as well as a collection of contemporary coloured glassware produced at Lipowa 3 from 1969 to 1998 
  • A training centre for students from such institutions as the University of Science and Technology (general area of study: “Ceramics"; specialisation "Conservation and Revitalisation Materials") and the Academy of Fine Arts (the Faculties of Sculpture and the Conservation and Restoration of Art Works), including regular and lab-based classes on the production of glass, ceramics and building materials
  • A centre for the small series production of Roman-cement-based building materials, such as: plasters, mortars and dyes as well as artistic glass, ceramic, stove and glazed roof tiles and mortars for filling joints in brick walls and the repair of sandstone products (employed in the conservation of historic architecture).

 

 

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