Gibraltar Crystal - About Us
Gibraltar Crystal is a hand made boutique crystal manufacturer based on The Rock of Gibraltar. Our products are crafted on site in view of the public. We specialize in custom made pieces. This means that almost anything you see on this website can be made for you in different colour combinations and patterns. You can combine an element on one piece with an element of another, thereby designing your own. No extra charge is made for these custom made goods!
Glass Making Exhibition in Gibraltar
An exhibition on the history of glass making is situated adjacent to the blowing area. Both the exhibition and the viewing of glass blowing is free of charge.
Gibraltar Crystal was established in 1995. Our premise, at the entrance to Main Street, is in the heart of Gibraltar and its renowned shopping district. All our products are entirely handmade and this allows us the flexibility to custom make pieces at very reasonable prices.
Enthused by our concept and ethos renowned glass makers Paul Alexander, Stuart Quick and Stuart Shute have been with us since our inception. By September 1996 we were supplying prestigious retailers in the United Kingdom such as Dickens & Jones of Regent Street, The Royal Horticultural Society, Selfridges, and some House of Fraser stores, amongst others. However, demands made by these retailers pulled the company in a direction that was contrary to our original concept so in the spring of 1999 we “refocused”. Our ability to manufacture custom made pieces and ship them directly to clients, as well as undertaking high quality corporate work became our forte. We have customers from Australia, Japan, Saudi Arabia, United Kingdom, and the United States - our largest client base.
Many of our corporate clients are major players in Gibraltar’s gaming, legal and financial industries. We, also, regularly work with international clients. A commission undertaken for Her Majesty's Royal Yacht Britannia is a particular source of pride.
Gibraltar Glassmaking Masters
Paul was born in Devon England in 1953. At the age of 15 he began glassmaking becoming a Master Glass Blower at only 22. Paul has worked with the renowned designers such as Queensbury Hunt in London, has developed products for Tiffany, Ralph Lauren and the British Royal family. As senior master glassmaker, the development of new ideas and innovative ways of glassmaking are his forte.
Stuart John Quick was born in England in 1954. Enthralled by glassmaking he began working aged15 as an apprentice in his native Devon. His natural flare and talent enabled him to rapidly become a master glassmaker. His placid and laid-back personality defies his desire to push and challenge is glass making skills.
Stuart Shute was born in 1965 in England. He began glassmaking aged 16. His innate flair showed very early on and was soon blowing notoriously difficult pieces like decanters. Stuart is technically gifted mastering many of the more intricate techniques like air-twists. His skills compliment our other masters superbly thereby making best use of their remarkable talent.