Simon Hauser and David Schwarz, Basel

Design process for the “200 years of Hergiswil glass craftsmanship” stamp

How an Anna goblet is made

Swiss Post is celebrating 200 years of glass craftsmanship in Hergiswil with a representation of the creation process behind a highly distinctive product.

The Hergiswil Glassworks, whose roots go back to 1723, moved into its current premises in 1817. In the 200 years that followed, it experienced an extremely eventful history. Today, it is the last production site in Switzerland that still creates handmade, mouth-blown glass artefacts.

Roberto Niederer, long-serving company boss and father of the current CEO, developed a product back in 1965 that to this day remains a big seller: the Anna goblet, named after its creator’s mother. It is available as a water, cocktail, red or white wine glass.

The manufacturing process for the Anna goblet is also the motif of the special stamp developed by Basel design team Simon Hauser and David Schwarz. The stamp depicts the moment when out of the liquid, glowing mass a skilfully formed clear, pure glass evolves; it also shows the glass-blower’s glove, tongs and blowpipe as symbols of the craft. In the background is a simple illustration representing the spectacular location of Hergiswil on the lake, set against the mighty Pilatus.

Jürg Freudiger

Full glasses and satisfied guests

The special stamp to mark the 200th anniversary of the Hergiswil glassworks was presented at the “Glasi” at the beginning of March.

Interest in the “200 years of Hergiswil glass craftsmanship” special stamp was particularly high. Philately enthusiasts, representatives of the authorities and many Hergiswil locals accepted the invitation to the “Glasi” to attend the stamp preview in the company store. Company manager Robert Niederer emphasized in his speech what a great honour it was to have a special stamp dedicated to the glassworks. He described the highs and lows of the company’s 200-year history, stressing proudly that the “Glasi” had always successfully overcome even the most difficult challenges.

The main aim in designing the stamp was to demonstrate the company’s glass craftsmanship. Simon Hauser and David Schwarz achieved the impressive feat of depicting in miniature format the process of shaping liquid into a skilfully formed glass.

The “Anna goblet” shown on the stamp was designed by Roberto Niederer (1928–1988). He dedicated the glass to his Calabrian mother, Anna. Guests at the aperitif were of course served drinks appropriately in “Anna goblets”.