"Well worth the visit, especially if you’re looking to take traditional gifts home for friends and family. " Reviewed by B.T. Stewart, 55
Mdina’s Glorious GlasswareA recent visit to the Craft Village in Ta’ Qali took us past the sign for Mdina Glass, so we thought ‘A good time to take a look while we’re in the area’. How glad we were that we did! The blaze of abundant colours that greeted us as we walked into the show room was instantly burned into our memories. It had reminiscences of the psychedelic era of the late sixties, but with more polished, artistic blends, designs and shapes.
A Maltese Claim to Fame
Formed in 1968, employing traditional handmade methods, the company has progressively extended its reach with growing international exports to America, Italy, Japan, Germany, UK, Hungary and Russia, to name but a few. Its reputation has drawn VIP attention, with visits from Princess Anne from the UK and former US President, Jimmy Carter.
Traditional Maltese Souvenirs
There is such a huge selection of glass products from vases, plates, glasses, dishes, bowls, Christmas decorations and chess sets to windows and doors that it became an absolute ‘must’ for family presents and we spent far longer than we had planned browsing the shelves. It has such innovative designs and intricate imagery and each subsequent visit has introduced us to yet another set of creations, such as the representations of the Impressionist painters in various forms such as plates and bowls.
Watch Live Glass BlowingA real bonus is that you can watch many of Mdina Glass’ 20 plus craftsmen at work in the hugely skilled glass-blowing, forming and fusing process in front of the furnaces, whilst in another corner or the show-room, a lone craftsman can be watched creating unique chess pieces and Christmas decorations with minute detail.
For those with less time to spare, Mdina Glass has a smaller outlet on the quayside in Valletta where the cruise-liners moor up, but it still offers examples from across its vast range. And with over 200 outlets around the Maltese islands there is every opportunity to experience and purchase these unique works of art.
Find Mdina Glass, Ta’ Qali
The main outlet for Mdina Glass, and the one where you will be able to see live glass blowing, is in Ta’ Qali next to the crafts village. If you head into central Malta towards Mdina and Rabat, you will pick up signs for the crafts village and National Stadium. The roads can get a little confusing once you’re in the Ta’ Qali area so just keep your eyes peeled for the Mdina Glass signs.
Address: Mdina Glass, Crafts Village, Ta’ Qali
Telephone: +356 2141 5786