About Christopher Radko Christopher Radko is now in his 21st year of designing and producing keepsake ornaments, gifts and home décor for every special occasion and season that the calendar brings. His hand-made, brilliantly colored and glittered ornaments and holiday decorations adorn millions of homes, from celebrity collectors and historic residences to the house next door to yours (and perhaps yours, too). His sparkling creations have become collectors’ items and favored gifts, making a lasting “keepsake connection” among the friends and families who give and receive them in celebration of life’s milestones and memorable occasions. Christopher Radko is proud to present America’s premier collection of home holiday decorations.
It all began with a family calamity: In 1984, Christopher Radko decided that his family’s rusty old Christmas tree stand had served long enough. He replaced the stand and put their 14-foot tree in a gleaming new aluminum model. His family decorated the tree as always, with a treasured collection of over 2,000 mouth-blown, European glass ornaments. As it is for most families, their Christmas tree was a family diary with a story to go with each ornament. One week before Christmas, tragedy struck. The new stand gave way and the tree crashed to the floor, shattering almost every ornament. Many cherished memories and family traditions lay among those broken pieces, heartbroken, Christopher was determined to restore them for his family.
Trying to replace his family’s heirlooms proved to be a daunting task. Ornaments sold in the United States were, at that time, made of plastic and styrofoam, certainly not capable of replacing the handmade treasures his family had collected over generations. The following Spring, while visiting cousins in Poland, Christopher began looking for glass ornaments. While he didn’t find the treasures he was looking for, he DID find a man eager to revive the art of his great-grandfather; a tradition once thought to be lost forever.
Christopher encouraged him to recover antique ornament molds, supplied him with sketches of his own childhood favorites, and for good measure, new designs from his own imagination. Several dozen ornaments were produced for his family, but those ornaments never made it to the family tree. Instead, friends in New York purchased all of them. On his next trip abroad, he brought back more ornaments: many for his family, and some extras, which sold out, as well.
Since that first collection of 65 ornaments in 1986, Christopher has created over 10,00 designs in glass and Home for the Holidays products. His company has grown from a lone glassblower to more than 3,000 people commissioned in cottage workshops in Poland, Germany, Italy and the Czech Republic.
Christopher retires approximately one-third of his designs annually, thus enhancing their collectability. With each passing year, demand for the earlier ornaments rises. “Partridge In a Pear Tree”, originally priced at $38.00, has sold on the secondary market for as much as $1,000.
This year, Christopher is proud to celebrate the 21st anniversary of his company. Exquisite workmanship and handcrafted details are the hallmark of all of his creations. Bring warmth, color and sparkle into your home as you celebrate life’s heartfelt connections. More than just ornaments, a Christopher Radko ornament is a work of heart!
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