Charles Bacik

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Karel (Charles) Bacik (25 June 1910 – 11 July 1991) was a Czech-Irish glass manufacturer and co-founder of Waterford Glass.[1]


He was born in Nová Říše in Bohemia, then a part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. He went on to study and graduated from Charles University, Prague, and began working in Bohemian glass manufacturing in Světlá nad Sázavou in 1935. By the time of the Communist takeover, he owned four glass factories.[1]

In 1946, as his factories were being taken over by the Communists, he emigrated to Ireland. In 1947, in partnership with a Dublin gift-shop owner, Bernard Fitzpatrick, he started Waterford Glass. In 1950, the company was in financial difficulties and he ceded ownership to the Irish Glass Bottle Company. He continued to work for the company as a manager until 1974 and as a board member until 1984. He died in Fiddown, Co. Killkenny Ireland.[1]

His granddaughter, Ivana Bacik, is an Irish Senator and academic.[1]

References and sources[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Cox, Catherine (24 July 2010). "Charles Bacík 1910-1991". The Irish Times. Retrieved 8 January 2011. 
  • Brian F. Havel, Maestro of Crystal, Currach Press, 2005, biography of Miroslav Havel, a glass designer who worked with Bacik both in Czechoslovakia and Ireland.