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Thomas Harman Visits Poland’s Finest Glass Ornament Workshops

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Balsam Hill’s passion for exquisite glass ornaments brought Thomas Harman, founder and CEO, to Poland where he felt privileged to be able to speak with glass blowing experts during his tour of several artisanal workshops. Seeing firsthand the amount of effort it takes to create each piece has given him newfound appreciation of how special these blown glass ornaments truly are.
European ornaments meticulously made by artisans
Read on for an overview of some of the glass ornament factories that Thomas visited.

Glassware Art Studio

Founder Przemek started out as a master flautist and while studying abroad in the U.S., he came across a variety of Polish Christmas ornaments. Enthralled by their breathtaking beauty, he was inspired to create his own handmade glass ornaments. With the help of his family, he established the renowned Glassware Art Studio in his homeland.

Balsam Hill’s Woodland Santa Blown Glass Ornament, by Glassware Art Studio
Balsam Hill’s Woodland Santa Blown Glass Ornament, by Glassware Art Studio


IMPULS is a family business founded by Dariusz Kowalczyk, a second-generation glass blower. Throughout his youth, he watched his father create beautiful ornaments and his passion for the craft grew. Dariusz spent years training and learning about glass blowing before opening his company in 1986. Today, his team of 80 workers still craft each ornament by hand to achieve the highest degree of quality.

Balsam Hill’s Vintage Suitcase European Travel Ornament
Balsam Hill’s European Vintage Travel Ornaments, by IMPULS


Silverado is a company with a storied history, first opening in 1959 under the helm of Jerzy Jaroszynki. The family patriarch passed on his love for the craft to succeeding generations of the family. Today, Jerzy is still hands-on in teaching artisanal secrets of the trade, while family members oversee other aspects of the business. The workshop Thomas visited was a decoration factory, where skilled workers apply the intricate details that make each piece unique.

Balsam Hill’s Truck with Christmas Tree Blown Glass Ornament by Silverado
Balsam Hill’s Truck with Christmas Tree Blown Glass Ornament, Silverado

Thomas truly enjoyed spending time with these wonderful and talented founders, artisans, and their families. They are invaluable partners in Balsam Hill’s mission to bring you the finest home décor from around the world.

Thank you for joining us on this special look at Thomas’ memorable journey. As a token of our appreciation, Balsam Hill is offering an extra 20% discount when you purchase three of our distinctive and elegant European glass ornaments, from December 16 to 18. For more details and the special coupon code, please visit this Facebook page.

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