Now one of the best-known glass companies in Sweden, Orrefors arrived on the scene late—in 1898—but set particularly high artistic standards. The skilled workers in Orrefors dance a slow, delicate minuet as they carry the pieces of red-hot glass back and forth, passing them on rods from hand to hand, blowing and shaping them. The basic procedures and tools are ancient, and the finished product is the result of unusual teamwork, from designer to craftsman to finisher. From early June to mid-August you can watch glass being blown.
On Rte. 31, about 18 km (11 mi) east of Kosta Glasbruk, Orrefors, 380 40, Sweden