Glass factory de Ruppel (1923-1982)
The GlazenHuis presented Booms Glass from January 27 to April 26, 2009. No grand contemporary conceptual glass art, but nostalgic utility glass from the last century.
The Boom glass factory ‘De Ruppel’ produced an extensive range of drinking, decoration and lighting glass from 1923 to 1982. The most famous is the black Boomse glass, decorated with gold or flowers. But the opaline glass, the ‘Artver’ glass by Paul Heller, the design glass by Felix Van Ransbeeck and the cut crystal glass (cf. Val Saint Lambert) were also of renowned quality and were exported worldwide.
The raw material for the Boom glass was the quartz sand from the Antwerp and Limburg Kempen. The sand was brought in by train to be melted into glass in the glass factory in Boom. Lommel’s sand becomes Boom’s glass. Booms glass in the Lommelse GlazenHuis
In this exhibition you found a fascinating overview of Boom glass production. In addition to some 450 glass objects from various private collections and original design drawings from the archives of the Sterckxhof museum, you could watch the old documentary ‘melting sand’ about the Boom glass factory.
In the glass workshop of the GlazenHuis, a replica was blown, a design by F. A. Van Ransbeeck from 1967. This replica, as well as the catalog ‘Booms Glas’ (2005), were put up for sale.