A Radko Halloween

Each
year Christopher Radko offers some of the most interesting Halloween
Ornaments and for the past couple of years their web site has been
one of the most interesting to view around the Witching Day.

Pictured right is Crone Capades

For
the uninitiated Christoper Radko has been producing finely detailed
glass ornaments since 1983. The company was founded when Christopher
Radko attempted to replace his family’s collection of 2000 hand-made,
mouth-blown glass Christmas ornaments after an accident.

Pictured left is Triple Trouble

In
an attempt to replace the lost collection, Christopher scoured the
local shops for glass Chritstmas ornaments. It seemed that the traditional
glass ornament had stopped being made, being replaced by mass produced
plastic items.

Pictured right is Spellbound

In
a trip to Poland the following year, Christopher planned to look
for traditional glass ornaments. After being unsuccessful again
he decided to see if he could find a glass blower to make some ornaments,
based on his designs. Upon his return the ornaments proved a huge
hit with his friends. Another trip to Europe, some new designs and
success in selling to New York stores and the company was formed.

Pictured left is Pirate Patch

The
ornaments are created using traditional glass blowing methods, silvered
and then hand painted. The process means that each ornament is unique
and that mass production is never an option. Since the first design
there have been over 4,000 different ornaments created, the vast
majority of these are now discontinued.

Pictured right is Stack O’ Lanterns

The company now produces ornaments for all occassions, as well as
exclusives for shops including Harrods, and and special editions
for companies such as Disney and Warner Bros among others.

The
Official Radko Ornament Web Site