Together with the UNESCO ambassadors of France, Finland, Spain, Czech Republic and Hungary, German ambassador Peter Reuss signed on 23rd March 2022 the multinational nomination application “expertise, technical know-how and knowledge of manual glass manufacturing” for inscription on the list of intangible cultural heritage.
Manual glass manufacturing is a thousand year old cultural technique, which has been used in many regions of the world. Even today, glass blowers practice this craftsmanship such as the glassworks Lamberts in Waldsassen (Upper Palatinate), the Baruther glassworks in Brandenburg and the glassworks Vidrios Gordiala in Palma de Mallorca.
Artists such as Gerhard Richter, Marc Chagall or Neo Rauch have created their artworks by means of mouth-blown flat glass.
A successful inscription on the UNESCO list of intangible cultural heritage should contribute to maintain implicit knowledge of manual glass production through practice, networking, documentation and further development.
Since 2015, Germany has already recognised manual production of mouth-blown hollow and flat glass as intangible cultural heritage.
The Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage decides on the inscription of the multinational nomination application of manual glass manufacturing during its 18th session to take place in December 2023.