national glass foundation
The Royal Glass Factory
The Fundación Centro Nacional del Vidrio (FCNV) is located in the Royal Glass Factory of La Granja, Segovia, Spain; which is one of the most important European industrial buildings of the eighteenth century and a symbol of the identity of the Province of Segovia.
The goal of the foundation was to restore and reuse the building for tourism and cultural purposes thus reaffirming the historic importance of the Royal Seat of San Ildefonso and at the same time, confirming The Royal Glass Manufactory as one of its most significant points of reference.
The target of the National Glass Foundation (FCNV) is the promotion, development and diffusion of the craft and history of glass and concrete in their teaching, at various levels, including Higher Education.
Innovation, training and technological development.
Collaboration with sector agents.
Potentiating of the heritage of the region.
Alignment with international trends.
To be a center of reference in glass and restore the heritage, craft and design.
The project created a Technology Museums of Glass, a Higher Education Institution of Glass, and a Current artisan production with a furnace. In this way the glassmaking tradition that La Granja was famous for was restored and protected and continues to raise public awareness to the rich legacy of its past. Then, we have three areas of activities: Museum, School and Production Centre.
The Technology Museum of Glass is a specialized, educational, interactive and experiential museum, you can see both collections of blown glass and stained glass, demonstrations of various techniques of glass production, including glassblowing methods used in this royal manufactory in the eighteenth century. The museum is positioning in the Network of Museums as a international reference
Technology Exhibition. Here we can see the various glass technologies used in the different manufacturing processes. The exhibition consists of various pieces of machinery used in the glass industry, as well as tools, technical equipment, raw materials, molds and other materials for blowing and pressing glass. Some of these machines were salvaged from the original factory.
In the courtyard of the museum, visitors can see the glassblowing workshop and watch while the master glassblowers produce pieces of the famous La Granja glass.
Maumejean Brothers’ Workshop. One of the most important collections housed in the museum, entrusted by the State, is the collection of stained glass windows by the Maumejean Brothers, one of the leading French-Spanish workshops dating from the late nineteenth and the first half of the twentieth century.
European Bottles and Containers from the 16th to 19th century. This exhibition consists of a superb collection of bottles and containers from various European countries and brings together more than 300 pieces intended for distinct uses such as pharmaceutical jars, storage and transportation containers and perfume bottles.
La Granja Glass/Crystal from the 18th to 19th century. This collection is organized into periods, styles and techniques, and brings together many of the most important pieces existing today.
Contemporary Artistic Glass.Works by designers and sculptors from around the world form this magnificent display, allowing the visitor to consider various designs and artistic creations which use glass as the common material of creation
Current artisan production. The FCNV keeps the historical tradition of La Granja glass alive, through craft production workshops, currently consisting of two furnaces and several workshops for the production of various forms of decoration (enamels, gold, carving and engraving). The production aims to preserve and pass on the various glassworking techniques inspired by original examples made in the Royal Glass Manufactory during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.
Higher Education Institution of Glass began in October 2006 as recognition of the need to offer higher education level that did not exist until then, linked to the demand for employment in the sector a training center for businesses and professionals. So we developed a curriculum covering all the processes of technical and artistic glass skill. This project is collaborations with the FCNV, the Education Council of the Junta de Castilla y León and Fundación ARCYL. In 2010, following the implementation of the reforms promoted by the Bologna Process, the Higher Education of Glass will consist of four academic years and a senior project. It will also offer a bachelor´s degree and different Masters and, in collaboration with the University of Castilla y León, PhD courses.
Paloma Pastor Director of the Glass Museum
phone number: 00 34 921 01 07 00