Established in 1968, Mdina Glass has demonstrated continuous innovation in its techniques and the range of products it produces from its base on the Mediterranean island of Malta. The company has become synonymous with beautifully handcrafted glassware that is both decorative and functional.
The range of products, as well as specially designed bespoke items, has been exported to various countries around the world. These include wholesale clients, e-commerce customers, collectors, hotels, restaurants and a variety of other corporate entities.
The principles at Mdina Glass have remained the same throughout the years: quality products through inventive design, continual development and evolving techniques.
Mdina Glass has seven retail outlets throughout Malta and Gozo’s main retail areas as well as representatives in a number of countries in Europe. As well as a large showroom, the Ta’ Qali headquarters of Mdina Glass also includes
the workshop where all of the glassware is produced. It is open to the public throughout the week so people can watch the glassmakers at work, which is a popular attraction.
Mdina Glass’ production methods are based on the following techniques:
Glassblowing – This is the technique for which Mdina Glass is traditionally most associated with. Although this form of glassmaking is an ancient craft, believed to date back to approximately the last century B.C., Mdina Glass has also developed a number of in-house techniques over the years. This has enabled the company to diversify its range of colours, patterns and more.
Fusion – Cold glass pieces are hand-cut to create a tableau. The arrangement is then placed in a kiln and literally fused together. Archeological evidence suggests that this extremely time consuming and skilled process dates back to the Romans or Ancient Egyptians.
Lampwork – A gas-fuelled torch is used to melt rods made of borosilicate glass. The lampworker then uses a variety of specialised tools and manual skills to shape the molten glass into intricate objects and figurines. Although dating back to ancient times, this technique became widely practiced in Murano, Italy during the 14th century.
Glass engraving – A range of techniques calling on the skills of the craftsman in which a wide variety of patterns, characters or pictures can be engraved into the surface of a piece of glass.