Glass Museum/ factory-workshop,
Inside: old kiln built in 1890's, made
Bottles for champagne
Accompanied by your guide, step into the fiery factory where
bottles were crafted especially for French luxury goods - to
stand the pressure of fizzy champagne.
The building dates from 1823, and is still a working glass
workshop. You'll see images of craftsmen sweating to blow
and shape the molten glass, drawn straight out of the side
holes in the kiln at 1400 degrees F. The kiln dates from
1890, when they were making 6 million bottles a
After the disruption of the First
World War, when the area was
occupied by the German army, the factory re-opened and
switched to making flasks for exotic perfume...
How glass is made
You'll find out that glass is mainly sand, heated up with
added metals, and how it was made in the 19th and 20th
centuries, up to 1925 when the factory closed.
The ingredients are heated up in "pots",
which are re-used and last only about 6 months because of
the fierce temperatures. You'll see displays of old pots.
How glass is made
Glass is still still made by hand today at Trélon.
Contemporary artists demonstrate hand-blowing as they
explore what imaginative creations they can make with glass
in all its colours.
If you are interested in
Factory tours of giant modern
glassworks, with factory shop bargains:
History of glass-making and artists working in glass:
How glass is
made (for school visits,in French):
revolution in France
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Location: Rue Clavon, 59132
Rough guide to opening: 1
Apr - 31 Oct (CLOSED in winter):
Mon - Fri: 2 -
Sat - Sun: 2.30 - 6.30pm
Tel: +33 (0)3 27 59 71 02
c/o: Ecomusée de la Region Fourmies-Trélon,
Place Maria Blondeau BP 65, 59612 FOURMIES
Tel; +33 (0)3 27 60 66 11
Fax : +33 (0)3 27 60 88 88