Graal

Blue growth: graal bowl

Blue growth: graal bowl

Spanish Swirl: graal vase

Spanish Swirl: graal vase

Woodland Dance: graal vase

Woodland Dance: graal vase

Phoenix: graal vase

Phoenix: graal vase

Golden Phoenix: graal

Golden Phoenix: graal

Blue Fishes: graal bowl

Blue Fishes: graal bowl

Arctic bowl: graal

Arctic bowl: graal

Wild Pasture: graal

Wild Pasture: graal

Flames: graal vase

Flames: graal vase

Winter Growth: graal vase

Winter Growth: graal vase

Red Dragon: graal vase

Red Dragon: graal vase

Bronze Dragon: graal

Bronze Dragon: graal

Shades of Blue: graal

Shades of Blue: graal

Blue Gherkin: graal

Blue Gherkin: graal

Flame Dragon: graal bowl

Flame Dragon: graal bowl

Honeysuckle: graal

Honeysuckle: graal

  • Blue growth: graal bowl
  • Spanish Swirl: graal vase
  • Woodland Dance: graal vase
  • Phoenix: graal vase
  • Golden Phoenix: graal
  • Blue Fishes: graal bowl
  • Arctic bowl: graal
  • Wild Pasture: graal
  • Flames: graal vase
  • Winter Growth: graal vase
  • Red Dragon: graal vase
  • Bronze Dragon: graal
  • Shades of Blue: graal
  • Blue Gherkin: graal
  • Flame Dragon: graal bowl
  • Honeysuckle: graal

The graal technique was originally developed at the Orrefors Studio in 1916. Burgundy red was a favourite colour of the studio, and red Graal vases were compared with the chalice of the Holy Grail, leading to the term Graal.

Frank Grenier originally worked with the Master Glassblower, Neil Wilkin, in reviving the graal technique. The initial engraving is carried out on a small egg-shaped embryo, comprising different layers of colour glass. This is slowly re-heated to furnace temperature before a clear glass casing is added. Blowing then commences to create the required size and shape. The engraved image takes on a new appearance as the colours react in different ways to the high temperature: consequently, no two pieces are ever the same.

Frank Grenier has pioneered a unique graal technique by engraving onto the outside surface of the finished graal piece, thereby enhancing the overall affect.