Evoking a sense of contemporary design and diversity, LSA International continue to provide an inspirational style for those interested in creating beautiful surroundings with functional, sophisticated products.
As one of Europe’s leading brands of contemporary handmade glass and porcelain, the steadily growing company launch 250 new products each year, contributing to their success being sold by many leading world retailers.
Founded forty years ago and still privately owned by the Lubkowski and Saunders families, the company operate from a London based head office where in-house Designer and Creative Director Monika Lubrowska-Jonas creates her unique and original designs. Primarily inspired by fashion trends, there is freedom for plenty of creativity due to 95% of glassware being handmade in Poland by experienced artisans.
The traditional glass blowing process:
1) Molten glass is created from sand, soda ash and lime, using precise measurements to ensure the highest quality of the material is achieved.
2) After the molten glass has been heated to several hundred degrees centigrade in a gas-fired kiln, the glassblower uses a long cane to collect a small amount.
3) At such a high temperature the sticky consistency of the glass will adhere to the cane so the required amount of molten glass can easily be collected. Air is then blown into the cane to form the glass into a ball.
4) At this stage the glass is blown into a handmade mould made from wood. This mould will have been carved by hand with skill and accuracy, using a technical drawing to ensure that it forms the glass correctly.
There are a few different techniques used to finish the glass:
- Scissor-cutting the top of the glass while it is still hot is the most skilled method and produces a thick and smooth appearance.
- Cutting and polishing involves the glass being cooled and the excess being broken off. The sharp edge is then hand ground and polished on a wheel.
- Melting the rim also provides a smooth finish and is often used on glasses with thinner walled rims.
Clear glass is a main seller for LSA but coloured glass can make quite a statement. The two most used and skilled techniques for adding colour to the glassware are:
- Casing is used when the glass is hot, where a case of clear glass is layered over coloured glass. This method creates a strong yet translucent depth of colour and ensures that the colour won’t scratch off.
- Hand-applied lustre or metallic paints create an eye-catching reflective appearance, with the use of gold giving the most luxurious effect.
With pieces being handmade with such meticulous care, the unique appearance of each individual item offers a distinctive quality; which can be discovered in the LSA International range selection at www.drinkstuff.com – (a small sample of the collection shown below):