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What are the secrets of Mdina Glass?

Visit their factory in Ta' Qali to discover more

5 things you didn’t know about Mdina Glass

Mdina GLass Changelier

We Maltese always proport to be experts on all our national treasures. Ok maybe expert isn’t the right word. It’s more like know-it-alls.

Recognised by all who live in and visit our islands, Mdina Glass is one of those national treasures that we all feel capable to giving the tour guide spiel about. But are we getting it right? Here are 5 things you probably didn’t know about Mdina Glass.

One

Most of the blown glass is made from a clear glass base. The rainbow of colours comes from coloured glass added to the molten base during the shaping process.

Mdina Glass - Colours

Two

They also employ a technique called lampwork. The lampwork man sits in a room adjacent to the main factory heating glass tubes and rods, manipulating them into most delightful shapes and figures. I must admit that when I’ve seen these items before I didn’t think they were actually made by Mdina Glass.

Mdina Glass Lampwork man

Lampwork Horse

Three

The beautiful glass “paintings” and scenes you can see in store are also made in house, in a process called fusion. Glass pieces are hand-cut to create a scene and the arrangement is then placed in a kiln and literally fused together.

Mdina Glass Fusion

Four

The factory furnaces are turned off periodically for maintenance. It takes these furnaces around 10 days to come up to temperature when they are re-ignited. Not exactly like pre-heating your domestic oven.

Mdina GLass Factory

Five

Glass-blowing is not the centuries old traditional Maltese craft many of us believe it to be. In fact it was Mdina Glass that was the pioneer in the sector in Malta. The factory was opened almost 50 years ago, in Ta’Qali by 2 Brits. But it has since become Maltese owned, back in the mid-80s, and a permanent part of Malta’s cultural heritage.

Mdina GLass in hte making

To see all the processes and final products in their true splendour, there is no more unique spot to visit than the Mdina Glass factory and showroom in Ta’ Qali. You might just find another couple of surprises when you do.

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