A perfect beer glass in which to enjoy the Danes’ drink of choice. Torben Jørgensen has created his beer glass in the Danish Glasses range in partnership with the Danish Society of Beer Enthusiasts and Holmegaard. Its large surface makes the beer glass ideal for vinous beer with a high alcohol content that requires a large surface to move around on. But the glass can also be used for a lager as it has plenty of room for a frothy head. A great gift idea – not least for yourself!
Glass artist Torben Jørgensen, who has been associated with the Holmegaard Glass Factory since 1997, is a trained machine operator. At the beginning of the 1970s, he graduated as a chemist from the School of Industrial Design in Copenhagen and was the head of the department of glass there for five years. In 1991, he set up the Jørgensen & Mørch Design glass workshop in partnership with Jytte Mørch, and his works are on display in Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Japan and the United States.
Torben Jørgensen has great respect for glass as a material, and his work always focuses on the will of the glass: “In order to give glass form, you have to know what the material can and wants to do. Glass has inherent properties that you cannot work against without affecting the result. You have to look at it as a partner with its own will and capabilities. Glass does its own thing. You cannot manipulate it – only help it along.”
Creative joy characterises Torben Jørgensen who works on the basis of the following mantra: “To me, design needs to have a wide audience. As an artist, I feel there is great satisfaction in creating good utility items that people are able to use for their own enjoyment and that of others.”
Torben Jørgensen has worked with Holmegaard for more than 25 years. He is responsible for some of the most popular tealight holders, namely the solid Lotus candle holders, which are available in three sizes. His designs also include the Danish Glasses range whose beer glass is a favourite among beer enthusiasts.
The history of Holmegaard glassworks began in 1825, when Count Christian Danneskiold-Samsøe sought permission from the King of Denmark to establish a glassworks at Holmegaard Mose. However, the Count died in 1823 without receiving an answer to his request. His dowager, Countess Henriette Danneskiold-Samsøe, decided to pursue the project when, shortly after the death of her husband, she received permission from the King to establish a glassworks. The factory was to be located in the bog because there was sufficient fuel there to produce the high temperatures needed for the glass kiln.
Initial production at Holmegaard glassworks began in 1825. Early on, the factory produced only green bottles, but Henriette also wanted to produce clear glass tumblers, and the Bohemian glassblowers were able to manufacture these. The history of Holmegaard glassworks is a story of a few small glassworks in a peat bog, growing to become part of a large modern group over a period of 185 years. During the 20th century, artists entered the equation, designing and shaping Holmegaard’s glass products. This was the start of a long and proud tradition, and as a result, even to this very day, some of the best artists in Denmark are associated with Holmegaard’s glass production.
Holmegaard produces mouth-blown and machine-blown glass in accordance with the latest and most advanced production methods. Each piece of mouth-blown glass is unique and hand-made by the glass blower, who carefully blows the right amount of air through the narrow tube. This is why air bubbles in the glass are unavoidable, adding to the charm of mouth-blown glass.
Mouth-blown glass by Holmegaard can be recognised by the Swan logo.
Machine-blown glass is characterised by exactly the same high quality and elegance as mouth-blown glass, but, as the name suggests, it is machine produced using exclusive, specially made tools.
*Note: beer not included. Please drink responsibly; do not drink and drive; nor consume alcohol with certain medications or medical conditions.