We have fallen in love with the Czech pressed glass -- and so have our customers. This lighter-weight glass, made by pressing molten glass in special molds, carries forward a long, innovative Czech glassmaking history. Production glass beadmaking began there in 1000 AD and by the 13th century dedicated furnaces and craftsmen began to spring up. The heyday of Bohemian glass in the 1800s was based largely in cottage industries and marked by energy and innovation, both in design and marketing. In the minds of some experts, the art and craft of Czech bead making surpassed that of its rival Venice. Unfortunately, world wars and Communist rule depleted the Czech glass industry in the 20th century. Today, independent Czech glassmakers are rise again -- some even using the molds and tools of their grandparents. Here at IBISwoman, we combine contemporary Czech glass with stone and metals sourced worldwide to make colorful, high-texture pieces that that we hope you will reach for again and again.