To hear this the day after the Waterford Wedgwood announcement is indeed sad news, and represents how fragile this industry really is. Although, in fairness, when I went round the Novy Bor factory a few years back there was an overbearing feeling that not only was modernisation long overdue, but that production had got into a rut - which echoed what had happened in the Stourbridge area in the UK some years before.
All these skilled workers, that may never get back into the industry, in either instance, is quite sobbering.
The advise about collecting the pieces is well made Jindrich.
I was unaware of Podebrady and Svetla, how I wish I'd taken the opportunity to visit with the Glass Circle/Association last year. Thank goodness I've been collecting their work for years