Cumbria Crystal was founded in 1976 to produce very high quality, handmade, full lead crystal tableware and these qualities remain at the heart of the company today.
The last English manufacturer of luxury hand-blown and hand-cut full lead crystal, Cumbria Crystal refuses to produce overseas or use automated manufacturing methods and only uses traditional glassmaking methods.Commitment to quality remains exacting; each piece of crystal is inspected twice before receiving the Cumbria Crystal assay mark of first quality.
The Company has remained small and true to its artisan roots and employs 17 people at its factory in The Lake District where visitors can watch craftsmen and women producing crystal in the time honoured way.
The company is lead by Katy Holford who is reinventing cut crystal for 21st century living with contemporary and innovative designs. Uniquely both the designer and MD, Katy has an impressive design background. Winner of the Laurent Perrier Design Award 2004, Katy has worked with Wedgewood, Czech&Speake, Perrier Jouet, Vista Alegre and Crabtree & Evelyn. To find out how to plan a trip to Ulverston, use our trip itinerary maker.
Cumbria Crystal Reviews
My husband and I made two Christmas baubles with Claire on our last visit to Cumbria. The entire experience was amazing! We had a great time. Claire was a great teacher and our baubles came out... more »
We booked in as a group of 9 on 22nd december. We did ours in two groups (max of 6 at a time) and a great time was had by all. The baubles all turned out beautifully and created a lovely momento for..... more »
This is the only remaining producer of completely hand-blown and hand-cut, lead crystal in the United Kingdom. They sell the goods here at discount prices. The highlight for me was the Blow your Own Tumbler Experience. Clare Wilson gave us a three hour tuition on how to gather molten glass from the furnace and to shape it into a blown glass tumbler. We were able to bring back two baubles and six tumblers at the end of the session. Excellent experience and great emphasis on safety.
Excellent value for money. In the 3 hours we were there we made a glass bauble each and 6 tumbler glasses. Tutor Claire was very entertaining and used very simple and easy to follow instructions. Retail manager at the front desk (sorry forgot your name) was very friendly and informative and gave us a small tour while we waited for our class to start. Would definitely recommend.
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