Peking Glass

The term ‘Peking Glass’ refers to a particular method of creating glass developed by the imperial workshops in Peking during the Qing Dynasty.

A kiln is filled with raw glass ‘frit’ mixed with pigment. Molten glass is repeatedly ‘gathered’ from the kiln on a blowpipe until a heavy ‘gob’ is collected. The repeated gatherings give rise to the unique rings on our glass forms. The glass must be ‘annealed’ (slowly cooled). The final shaping and polishing is done by hand in the old jade-cutting process of methodical grinding. This stage alone takes from two to four days for every piece.

Alexander Lamont works with kilns in Peking to create modern forms of vases and lighting elements in burnt amber, imperial yellow and white-jade colours.