Not many companies have been around since 1475. La Rochère is one of them. Since then, the La Rochère glass factory in a small French village has burned down and been rebuilt many times.
Mouth-blown collections are made here today, by a handful of highly skilled glass blowers. It is quite fascinating to watch them shape whatever they produce, and the facility is open to the public! There is also a mechanical production process, that is equally fascinating to watch.
Mr Giraud, the gentleman in the illustration, runs the company, which has been owned by his family since the mid 1800’s.
A talented engineer, Mr. Giraud and his team designed all the production processes and machines, in the late seventies, when competition from Asia started to emerge. These machines are still used today and play no small part in La Rochère‘s ability to offer affordable, yet high-quality glassware.
What makes La Rochère special though is still very much the human touch: the glass blowers of course, the talented designers, whether famous or up-and-coming, the skilled employees who operate the machines, those who polish and finish, those who ensure that La Rochère quality standards are always met.