• Short Summary

    A TRADITION IN GLASS-MAKING THAT DATES BACK TO 1421 IS STILL BEING CARRIED OUT IN THE SMALL BELGIAN TOWN OF SERAING, NEAR LIEGE.

  • Description

    A TRADITION IN GLASS-MAKING THAT DATES BACK TO 1421 IS STILL BEING CARRIED OUT IN THE SMALL BELGIAN TOWN OF SERAING, NEAR LIEGE.

    WORK IS STILL BEING CARRIED ON TODAY AT THE CRISTALLERIES DU VAL-SAINT LAMBERT. THE FIRST GLASS FURNACE WAS LIGHTED IN THE AREA ALMOST 600 YEARS AGO, AND ITS SUCCESS WAS IMMEDIATE.

    THIS PART OF BELGIUM SOON ACQUIRED A REPUTATION FOR ARTISTRY AND CRAFTSMANSHIP THAT SPREAD THROUGHOUT EUROPE, BUT BY THE END OF THE 18TH CENTURY GLASSMAKING BEGAN TO FOUNDER, PROBABLY BECAUSE OF THE HIGH COST OF WOOD FOR THE FURNACES.

    THERE WAS AS RESURGENCE IN 1825 WHEN TWO MEN, KEMLIN AND LELIEVRE, ACQUIRED THE SITE AT VAL-SAINT-LAMBERT IN THE HEART OF THE BELGIAN COALFIELD. THE SITE THEY ACQUIRED HAD FORMERLY BEEN A MONASTERY.

    TODAY THE CRYSTAL THEY MAKE THERE IS EAGERLY SOUGHT AFTER. THE VAL-SAINT LAMBERT TRADITIONS ARE PASSED ON FROM FATHER TO SON, BUT EVEN SO IT TAKES ABOUT 10 YEARS BEFORE A CRAFTSMAN REACHES THE REQUIRED STANDARD OF GLASS MAKING.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA65G0BTVOXJVOXK2UHIISVQJH3
    Media URN:
    VLVA65G0BTVOXJVOXK2UHIISVQJH3
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    21/12/1969
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:02:39:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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