Christopher Radko's Ornaments

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Clarkson Potter Publishers, 1999 - Crafts & Hobbies - 144 pages
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The first book celebrating the delightful ornaments that are so popular the New York Times dubbed Christopher Radko "The Czar of Christmas Present."The story of Christopher Radko's Christmas empire began in 1983, when his family's Christmas tree stand gave way, shattering their collection of 2,000 mouth-blown, handpainted European glass ornaments. On a trip to Poland the following summer, as he searched for new ornaments, he realized the workshops that used to produce beautifully crafted ornaments had been closed for decades, and decided to hire a glassblower who could make the ones he wanted. He sketched some traditional ornament shapes and had several dozen ornaments produced for his family. But they never made it to the tree -- friends purchased all of them. Now the designer who started selling door-to-door on his lunch hour to stores in New York has over 3,000 accounts around the country, and the lone glassblower has been joined by over 1,000 artisans in Poland, Italy, Germany, and the Czech Republic.Christopher Radko's Ornaments is a celebration of these "memories in the making, " as Christopher calls his ornaments. After a

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Dubbed "the Czar of Christmas Present" by the New York Times, Christopher Radko has been designing and producing holiday decorations of the highest quality for more than fourteen years. His ornaments, available at more than 3,000 retail outlets, have been showcased in People, Biography, House & Garden, and Traditional Home, among many other magazines, as well as in every leading newspaper in the nation. Christopher and his holiday decorations have also appeared on Today, Good Morning America, CBS Sunday Morning, and The Oprah Winfrey Show.

Olivia Bell Buehl is the former editor in chief of Home and American Homestyle & Gardening, and writes on decorating and architecture. She is also the author of Tile

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