Lino Tagliapietra-Renowned Venetian glass artist:
‘Glass is a wonderful material. Even when it is cool, it is still moving.
It is connected with fire and water, it is so natural. Glass is my life’
It All Begins Here - April 2013
After leaving full time jobs, founders Maggie and Darius set about starting Solavia Fine Glassware. Discovering their passion for the natural product, they embarked on an exciting journey of learning about handcrafted glassware.
After a few weeks of tedious experimenting and lots of research into the glassmaking world, they sourced their first hand-blown glassware products from a small Polish supplier. They found a freelance graphic designer who understood their vision and created a sleek and elegant logo, which matched what they represent perfectly.
The small range proved to be successful and with a growing demand for stylish, handcrafted glassware, Maggie and Darius started looking for a regular supply of glassware and tableware products.
We work closely with our suppliers to offer trendy, quality glassware. Unlike many of other companies, we have chosen to only use glass makers from Europe, to bring quality and tradition to your home.
Today, with the help of an ever-expanding team, Solavia is growing from strength to strength.
We are proud to have built a passionate and dedicated team to help you to discover and share our passion for natural, handcrafted glassware. Maggie, Nikki, Michael and Darius -our key people, work tirelessly to provide exceptional customer service from first contact to after sales care.
Some of our customers include…
We are delighted to have a range of customers including The White Stuff, Chanel, Twinings, Dolce & Gabbana, Harrods, The Oblix Restaurant in The Shard, Gordon Ramsey’s Kitchen, Dunhill and Estee Lauder to name a few. We were also thrilled to be awarded the Small Business Sunday Award by Dragon Den’s Theo Paphitis in June 2016.
What is Handcrafted Glassware?
It is glassware created using traditional handmade techniques. Glassmaking techniques utilised to craft our glassware can be traced back to 3500 B.C in Mesopotamia. For centuries, the methods and technologies of glass working were kept secret-the Venetians sent assassins to chase down errant glassmakers wanting to trade their mysterious skills abroad. In the late 19th century, the work of the great artist industrialists such as Tiffany, Galle and Lalique drew attention to the artistic possibilities of the glass.
Nowadays, these skills are passed from generation to generation. The glass making artisan can shape and craft glass to create unique and individual designs.
Why are There Bubbles in the Glass?
Some of the special characteristics of the traditional glassmaking process used to create your product include small air bubbles, surface waves and slight misalignments in the glass. During the glassmaking process, bubbles of air can get trapped within the molten glass and these can be seen in the finished product - a normal and acceptable part of the process of handmade, mouthblown glass.
Is Glassware Environmentally Friendly?
Our glassware has been carefully designed to keep environmental impact as low as possible. Glassware, as well as our packaging, is 100% recyclable and FSC compliant. In addition to this, we strive to ship and deliver your glassware from our warehouse using a carbon neutral courier.
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What Payments Methods do you Accept?
We use PayPal and can accept most commonly used cards such as Visa, and Mastercard.
What are Delivery Times?
Our standard delivery courier services take 2-4 days. Our expedited delivery is 24h (excludes delivery on Saturday or Sunday) if ordered before 1pm. If you order on Friday and choose expedited delivery, it will be delivered on Monday. If you wish for your order to be delivered on Saturday, please get in touch with us.
My item has not Arrived, yet?
If you have not received your order after the delivery period has ended, please get in touch with us either by phone on 01926 63284 or send us an email here.
Refunds and Returns
Please see our returns and refund policy.
‘Bought as a gift for my Dad. Really pleased with the quality. Chunky and solid glasses and decanter. He has it on 'show' at home without the whisky in, we bought him!'
'Perfect delivery and exactly what I was looking for. A great feature for my new house'.
'We received the beautiful Solavia handmade glass footed cake stand and we were really pleased with it, the picture is good but it actually doesn't capture how really gorgeous, it is so spectacular. The company were also very accommodating and went beyond to ensure that this item reached us in time for a very special event their kindness was very much appreciated... A fabulous product I would recommend with no hesitation and shall enjoy using often '
'Good morning Maggie. Just thought I would let you know that the candles you sent to Copenhagen for me have arrived safely and are greatly admired. Thanks again for your help in this matter.
'My only complaint is that I can't stop buying from you (smile)! At the moment I am waiting for my fourth delivery. Your items are beautiful and addictive! Have a good day and kind regards, Bibi '