Glassblowing – La Verrerie de Biot

Glassblowing – La Verrerie de Biot

Biot makes world class glass. Known for their “bubbled glass”, La Verrerie de Biot ranks in the top 5 on the list of the most popular attractions on the Côte d’Azur

Glasskulpturer af hoveder fra La Verrerie de Biot
La Verrerie in Biot produces  world-class glass art  – ©cityxee.com

La Verrerie de Biot has the yellow jersey

Biot is an interesting medieval town, set in a beautiful location between Nice and Cannes and distinguished by its artisanal traditions in glass making.

Since the 1950’s, Biot has established itself as the epicenter of glass production in France. Founded by Eloi Monod  in 1956, La Verrerie de Biot in particular has played an important role.

He invented the special technique of making “bubbled glass”, where air bubbles are insulated between two layers of glass to give the glass a very special look.

Vinglas fremstilet med

The unique manufacturing method in “bubbled glass” gives the glasses a very special touch

In the top 5 of the top 20 list

La Verrerie de Biot exports glass to most of the world today and is a “City-Must-Xee” if you like glass, bubbles and colours.

It is not without reason that the glassblower sits at the top of the top 20 list of the most popular attractions on the French Riviera.

Awarded with special brand

In 2005, La Verrerie de Biot was awarded the very special French state brand “Enterprise du Patrimoine Vivant”, which is a label (EPV) indicating that one possesses a very special know-how and unique creativity that distinguishes the company from the crowd.

Discover the history of the glass

There are several glass brushes in Biot that are also worth a visit (Pierini and Farinelli), but La Verrerie is by far the largest and contains several interesting experiences:

  • Glassblower studio
  • Biot Glass Ecomuseum
  • Large showroom
  • International Glass Gallery
  • Shop
  • Restaurant

Here you can experience all the aspects of the glass from start to finish, getting behind the façade of what it takes to become world class glassblowers.

Værkstedet i glaspusteriet La Verrerie de Biot
Glassblower studio – here you can follow the glass production – ©cityxee.com

Try blowing glass yourself 

It you have the courage, you can have a try yourself at the art of blowing glass. Cost 48 euros.

How to train glassblowers

Becoming world class glassblowers require something special, and at La Verrerie de Biot the education starts as early as the age of 16-18.

The training requires 7 steps and takes 8-10 years before possessing the very special characteristics of a “Master Glassblower”.

Store

Discover the large glass shop and bring home your favorite glass, bowl or vase.

Glasbutikken hos La Verrerie de Boit
La Verrerie de Biot has a large well-stocked shop where you can experience the special “Bubbled Glass” – ©cityxee.com

Parking

Parking is fine at the glassblower; alternatively you can walk from the centre of Biot (about 1.5 km). On the way you will pass both the Farinelli and Pierini glassblowers.

Entrance 6 euros – children 3 euros

By Tommy Sverre – 2021

Summer
Daily: from 10 – 19
Sundays and public holidays: from 10:30 – 13:30 and 14:30 – 19

Winter
Daily: from 10 – 18
Sundays and public holidays: from 10:30 – 13:30 and 14:30 – 18

Closed
December 25 and January 1
Closed annually from 15 January to 27 January, both days inclusive

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