THE IDEA OF SHAPING GLASS USING FIRE HAS FASCINATED PETER SEIBT SINCE HE WAS A BOY.
He decided to pursue his passion and, after training as a toolmaker, he joined his parents' bead and button manufacturing business. Following in his father's footsteps, he gleefully absorbed a wealth of specialist information on the mysteries of working with glass. The frequent challenges encountered with glass moulds and planes have not eroded his love of his work or this unique material.
The idea of shaping glass using fire has fascinated Peter Seibt since he was a boy. He decided to pursue his passion and, after training as a toolmaker, he joined his parents' bead and button manufacturing business. Following in his father's footsteps, he gleefully absorbed a wealth of specialist information on the mysteries of working with glass. The frequent challenges encountered with glass moulds and planes have not eroded his love of his work or this unique material.
Peter Seibt's sister, Monika Dressler, has been in charge of customer care and marketing since 1997. She designs jewellery and demonstration pieces which are mostly for sale in local museums and find fans in our sales exhibition on site, as well. She drives our creativity and is the face of design for the company. Monika's passion for our products is evident in every one of her designs.
Peter's father Werner's passion was sparked many years ago and it has stayed with him for life. Even now, he still supports his son in day-to-day business.
Currently, Peter Seibt has six employees with responsibilities in all areas of the business. The one thing they all have in common is a passion for glass.
Muzzafer Yigit has been with us for 30 years and Elke Bischof for 25. They are key members of our team and experts in glass moulding and...
...quality control. They adorn glass buttons and jewellery elements with chaton stones.
In 2016, the company welcomed a new employee: Sabine Dittrich processes sales orders and deals with quality control. She brings with her extensive experience of the button industry which is an asset to the daily running of the company.
In 2013, Peter Seibt's wife, Brigitte Schöberle joined the team. She paints glass buttons and translates into Italian, as well as acting as a point of contact for Italian-speaking customers.
Josef Seibt began producing glass in 1897 and his son, Friedrich, later went on to found the firm to manufacture glass bangles for the Indian market.
Friedrich Seibt's company was first based in Hraničná, close to Jablonec nad Nisou in Czechia in 1929. This was when Peter Seibt's grandfather started to produce glass buttons. At the end of the war, he had to leave the region but was able to refound the company in Denklingen in the Allgäu region of Germany 1947. He built up the company from nothing and on foreign soil with only his decades of experience as start-up capital.
During WWII, Peter's grandmother, Marie Seibt, temporarily ran the company.
In 1950, Friedrich Seibt's company moved to Neugablonz in Kaufbeuren where a new workshop was built and the company was refounded once again. The company still inhabits those same buildings which house its history.
Werner Seibt attended the college of glass and jewellery in Neugablonz and, having completed his course, felt compelled to follow in his father's footsteps, joining the family firm in 1951. In 1960, his wife, Erika Seibt, joined the company and invested herself in it fully and ably right up until her death in 1984. Werner's commitment was rewarded. He became a partner in 1970 and sole owner of Friedrich Seibt Glassware Production in 1984. In 1985, his second wife, Elisabeth Seibt, came on board. She was fascinated by the work and remained with the company until she retired. Werner's experience and love for his medium and how to work it are the hallmarks of his work. It is thanks to him that the product range now includes glass jewellery elements and beads..
The company was handed over to current owner Peter Seibt in 2004: the third generation. As early as 1985, he had a feel for good customer service. It was his idea to extend the workshop to include an in-house glass-planing studio so that the company can respond even more flexibly to customer requests.
The product range has also been extended over the last 30 years to include bought-in products from other collections.