We are in the old Royal Factory of Crystals of La Granja, an enormous rectangle that houses in its interior a set of buildings that total in total about 25,000 m² of built surface. Factory that was built per the plans of the Real Sitio's foreman, Joseph Diaz, alias Gamones, between 1770 and 1784. The La Granja Royal Glass Factory is a unique and unique space in which multiple activities related to the world of glass can be developed.
From visiting the Technological Museum with magnificent collections of glass pieces, through the real demonstration of the work in the ovens, to receive training on applicable techniques on the glass, or to be able to purchase in our store a set of glasses or Glasses made in the Royal Glass Factory.
All this with the founding object of maintaining the Building, the collections of pieces, and the glass trade, as the only site of reference in Spain, in the sector of handmade glass. The La Granja Royal Glass Factory, born in the heat of the new Bourbon dynasty, was one of the most important examples of royal manufactures throughout eighteenth-century Spain. Like all other real manufactures, La Granja Royal Glass Factory is part of Bourbon reformism whose main objective was to reduce the massive importation of foreign luxury objects through the promotion and protection of the national industry.
The main purpose of these manufactures was to supply palatial objects with royal palaces and residences so that the luxury of the European Court Palaces could be emulated without having to resort to expensive imports. In this prestigious manufacturing, the most relevant and ambitious technological and artistic advances of all enlightened Europe were brought together.
Hydraulic machines were driven by large swiveling wheels that gave movement to polishers and scrapers to rough out glass windows, machines that speeded up Finishing the pieces, adjusting plugs, removing punches, or making threads; That is, a real state-of-the-art technology. The excellent quality of the glass of La Granja and the skill of the artisans, make this type of glass one of the most appreciated and of greater international fame.
Techniques of use in the current production of the real crystal factory are Casting (Casting), Slimming, sagging, Casting sand (Sand Casting), Glass to the torch (Lampworking, flameworking) A technique, Kiln Casting A, Stained Glass (Stained Glass), Hot melt (Fusing).
The visitor can observe closely the magic of working the glass in our furnaces, where several blowers reproduce in a traditional way, using ancestral techniques, the famous glass pieces of La Granja that can be purchased in our Store.