|I first came across Christopher Radko Ornaments about 15 years ago at the Atlanta Merchandise Mart. At that time they were a revelation. These pieces of glass art seemed to come directly from my childhood.
When I was a kid, we had beautiful birds with actual feathers, snowmen on skiis, balls with gorgeous and colorful cutouts. But by the time I was buying ornaments for my own tree, the selection had been reduced to styrofoam balls covered with quickly fraying silk thread or clear plastic globes filled with fake snow.
Almost singlehandedly Radko changed all that. He made quality fashionable again. Here is the story of Christopher Radko and the return of heirloom ornaments.
|As the legend goes, the Christopher Radko Company started with the falling of Christopher’s family tree. After more than 1,000 vintage mouth-blown glass ornaments were broken to bits, Christopher tried to replace them by looking far and wide in the United States and by scouring Polish glassware markets. His quest did not produce even one replacement ornament that met his requirements, and he soon came to realize that his only option was to start completely from scratch.
Armed only with his memories of his family’s ornaments, Christopher enlisted a Polish glass blower and together they went to work, trying to recreate his family’s lost heirlooms. It went so well that by 1985, Christopher was in business. Sixty unique designs debuted that year and the rest, as they say, is history..
|Today, after a quarter century and a transfer in ownership, the Christopher Radko Company has produced more than fifteen million fine European glass ornaments and grown to encompass several additional lines of holiday decor, including Home for the Holidays a beautiful collection of decorative holiday tabletop items and trim, including snow globes, ceramic cookie jars, tree skirts and stockings and Shiny-Brite, a vintage-inspired line featuring recreations of uniquely American ornaments, lighting, and accessories first made popular in the 1940s and 50s.|
|Despite this fantastic growth, the company’s original passion for and pride in carrying on the noble tradition of producing only the finest holiday treasures remains 100% intact: Christopher Radko Fine European Glass Ornaments are produced in Europe by a seasoned team of artists and craftsmen, many of whom have been with the company since its very inception.
Each piece is meticulously crafted by hand, using Renaissance-era carving, molding, glass blowing, silver lining, hand painting and finishing processes that require both unparalleled skill and several weeks to complete.
|The magical heirlooms produced by the Christopher Radko Company have brought joy and happiness to millions of homes over the years. Christopher Radko ornaments have decorated the White House, adorned the Kennedy Center, and are included in the personal collections of Elton John, Oprah Winfrey, John Travolta, Robert DeNiro, Elizabeth Taylor, and Arnold Schwarzenegger and Maria Shriver.|