Vendor Spotlight: Christopher Radko Company
The story behind the company’s famous, keepsake ornaments
One holiday night, the Radko family awoke from their slumber, not to the sounds of clatter like in “Twas the Night Before Christmas,” but instead to the thundering sound of their beloved Christmas tree falling in their living room. More than 1,000 vintage mouth-blown ornaments had been destroyed and the Radkos were devastated. Christopher Radko searched across town to replace them, but came up empty. Nothing available measured up to the family’s cherished ornaments. He soon realized that the only option was to start from scratch, thus paving the way for Christopher Radko Ornaments.
Christopher enlisted a Polish glassblower and went to work recreating his family’s lost heirlooms, building from only memories of what he once had. His project quickly picked up traction and by 1985 he had officially launched his business, debuting 60 unique designs.
Even thirty years after Christopher Radko launched his company, there continues to be an artisanal finesse to each extraordinary holiday treasure the company designs and produces. Each piece is created by a talented team of artists and craftsmen in Poland who are using techniques and methods dating back to the Renaissance era. From carving and molding to glass blowing and silvering, it’s clear that careful thought is put into each creation. Moreover, the entire process to create a piece takes weeks to complete and requires not just unparalleled skill, but also passion and dedication.
Exquisite Holiday Decor
More than just ornaments, Christopher Radko creates items that complement your Christmas Tree and complete your holiday decor collection. Whether it be ceramic cookie jars, magical snow globes, silky stockings or luscious tree skirts, the company has their signature craftsmanship on each piece. Recently, the company introduced Shiny Brite™, a vintage-inspired line featuring recreations of uniquely American ornaments, lighting and accessories first made popular in the 1940’s and 50’s. The mix of spectacular colors and unique shapes are perfect for adding shine to your holiday while reminiscing over your childhood holiday memories.
A Recognized Brand
After thirty years of designing and creating, the Christopher Radko Company has produced more than eighteen million fine European glass ornaments that have become a part of family traditions across the United States. And because of his signature heirlooms and recognized brand, Christopher Radko ornaments have decorated the White House, adorned the Kennedy Center, and garnished the personal collections of celebrities such as Elton John, Oprah Winfrey, John Travolta, and Elizabeth Taylor. But don’t be intimidated by the celebrity appeal, everyone can find joy and holiday cheer from owning a signature Christopher Radko item. If you love the holidays, you’ll love Christopher Radko Company.