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Our Story







A Design & Engraving Company Creating Unique Gifts in Glass for special occasions

The philosophy that created Ourglass is believing that there should be a place to find unique gifts for someone special. Every piece of glass that leaves our studio is a combination of design ideas created by the clients' requirements. We are glass workers, we hand craft & engrave glass designs that represent artistic forms, be they natural themes, figurative themes or items found in the environment, they transfer a personal touch to the created piece.

Where we began

Steve Hyams began working full time in glass over 53 years ago. As a child he created unique models in the only medium available to him then, Plasticine. He was surrounded by personal items of craftwork that had been created by his family many years before which first caught his interest in 3D sculptures..

After graduation Steve began the slow process of learning skills & all he could about glass and the ability to handle it in the molten form. He learned the art of creating wildlife and unique items that he found people requested for their own collections and there began the nucleus of a thriving business.

In 1971 he began the Ourglass business as a full-time venture, first in Reading, U.K. and 2 years later moved to larger studio studio premises in Manchester, UK from where it has continued to supply glassware throughout the world

What makes OURGLASS the best glassware?

There are so many places you could go to buy gifts, even glass gifts. We've gone to extraordinary efforts to ensure that Ourglass is the best choice. We do the design work. We create the item in glass. We create artwork to engrave the glass using our in-house techniques and it's not finished until it's approved.