There was a time every household in The Netherlands owned a piece of glass from the Royal Leerdam glass factory. In most cases it was a common product, like a wine glass, cup or plate, made by the artistic director himself, mr Andries Dirk Copier (1901-1991).

A.D. Copier was 13 years old when he started his career at the Leerdam glass factory. A year later his father, head of the design department, suffered from tuberculosis, but the young Andries took over. Around 1923 Copier designed his first glass services. His most famous piece is wine glass Gildeglas, for which he received international acclaim. A.D. Copier left us over 10.000 glass objects, a massive creative output. Even the smallest pieces are beautifully crafted.

My Copier objects are scattered throughout the house and most of them are in use, as intended. Tried to showcase them on the table, but I think I forgot a couple. Not all of them are designed by Copier, but every object is made by the Leerdam glass factory.

End of the table: ribbed vases Ton and Druppel (Copier, 1953), clear half-ribbed vase for union ANMB Schiedam (unknown, 1955), bulb glasses (unknown, 1951), orange Liberation vase (Copier, 1945).

Middle: Spijkerbol, two sizes, paper press  and vases (Copier,1951), yellow Graniver flowerpot (Copier, 1930), small half-ribbed vases (unknown), two yellow pudding molds (unknown, 1906), pressed glass bowl elephant and salamander (Copier, 1948), four uranium glasses RADIO (W.J. Rozendaal, 1933).

Front:  glass dish 50th anniversary for union ABC (G.J. Thomassen, 1957), salmon coloured small half-ribbed vase (unknown), sphere vase (unknown).    

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