The Glasgalerie Hittfeld was founded in 1988 by Eliska Stölting. From the beginning the gallery solely specialized in Czech contemporary glass art. The artists who exhibited in this gallery belong to the leading Czech glass artists and enjoy a worldwide reputation. The gallery’s permanent exhibition room showed works of various Czech glass artists. At the same time the gallery had participated at contemporary glass art exhibitions all over the world. Furthermore the glass gallery had organized special exhibitions, thereby confronting the sculptures of various Czech glass artists with those created by artists from another country. Thanks to this gallery a large number of sculptures created by Czech glass artists is represented in private and public collections and international museums.
2013 in addition to the location in Hittfeld the opening of Glasgalerie Stölting launched another attractive meeting point in Hamburg’s HafenCity for experts, collectors and lovers of contemporary Czech glass art. The two festive events and exhibitions under the collective title “Czech Glass Art – For 25 Years In Germany” formed the setting for the presentation of the elite of Czech glass art in both galleries.The reason for this double event was the 25th anniversary of “Glasgalerie Hittfeld” that has had an international reputation since 1988 as the venue of choice for the stars of the Czech glass art scene, as well as the opening of Glasgalerie Stölting in a prime location of Hamburg’s HafenCity, managed by Tom Stölting, the son of the founder of Glasgalerie Hittfeld, Eliska Stölting. Eliska and Tom Stölting presented unique glass sculptures from 1988 till 2013 and showed a fascinating insight into the handicraft and creative skills of 31 internationally known Czech glass artists. Both exhibitions were under the patronage of the Ambassador of the Czech Republic in the Federal Republic of Germany, S.E. Dr. Rudolf Jindrák.
Glasgalerie Hittfeld was closed in 2017 and Eliska Stölting entered her well-earned retirement at the age of 74. Since then, Tom Stölting has been pursuing the high standards of quality set by his mother, continuing her legacy in the second generation with Glasgalerie Stölting, which he opened in Hamburg’s HafenCity region in 2013.