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Glass work­shop in Lübeck

Singing crystal, sparkling colours and shimmering illusions.

Engraving, grinding and polishing – it can take up to 15 hours to finish a single piece of glass.

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This Lübeck workshop has been refining crystal glass for four generations. Carl Rotter who came from Silesia founded the company in Lübeck after the war in 1948. After his death, his son Wolfgang Rotter took over the company which is now run by his wife Birgit Rotter. The exquisitely beautiful glass pieces are made exclusively by hand and can be purchased from selected dealers at home and abroad as well as viewed in numerous exhibitions, museums and galleries around the world.

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These objets d’art have long since become cult pieces which are passed on from generation to generation. Every piece, a unique hand-signed specimen, is cut here in an elaborate process. The forms and designs would embellish any table, whether classic, modern or timeless. Rotter glasses are used every day by style-conscious connoisseurs or given centre stage in a home environment as an objet d’art. “Whatever an artist is lacking in craftsmanship, is ultimately missing from their art.” After three years of training, a glass cutter needs an average of another seven years until they have mastered their art and are able to implement the Rotter designs to perfection.

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Only then do they have the artistry and experience to create new designs and turn them into perfect masterpieces. This crystal glass workshop is located in Sankt Lorenz Nord. Pay a visit and admire the crystal glass and the glass cutters in action, or drop by the Artemani gallery in Lübeck’s city centre.

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