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Szklarska Poręba

In the valley of the Kamienna, Poland

A story of glass and weaving

The village of Szklarska Poręba (Schreiberhau in German), situated between two stunning mountain ranges – the Karkonosze Mountains in the south and the Jizera Mountains in the west – was established by German colonists. At the end of the 14th century, a glass factory took centre stage in stories told about the village. Over time, this glass factory moved deeper into the mountains. In 1617, the Preußler family migrated from the southern, Bohemian side of the Karkonosze ridge to town to run a movable glass factory. The glass industry of the village was dominated by the Preußler family for the next 200 years. In 1842, a new glass factory was established in Schreiberhau. This Josephinenhütte became the largest and best glass factory in Silesia.

Around 1900, several artists rediscovered Szklarska Poręba, beautifully situated in the countryside valley. They formed the Schreiberhau artists’ colony. Eleven years later, artist Wanda Bibrowicz founded the Silesian Artistic Weaving Workshop with an exhibition gallery. Later, younger artists formed the St. Lukas artists’ association. In the end, many different techniques were used in the small village of Szklarska Poręba. Nowadays, it’s mostly known as a popular skiing destination.

The main artists who lived and worked here:

Gerhart Hauptmann
Carl Hauptmann
Otto Mueller
Wilhelm Bölsche
Wanda Bibrowicz
Wlastimil Hofman

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