Your bespoke glass specialists based in Hampshire
& serving the UK and internationally
One of the most respected and innovative bespoke glass companies in the UK, Hourglass was formed in 1975. We are very proud of our reputation for the highest quality bespoke glass products and services, and strive to maintain this on every level.
Whatever your bespoke glass needs, we will work with you to create it!
We are based at, and distribute from, our factory in Havant, Hampshire. Our state of the art factory offers one of the most comprehensive ranges of bespoke glass processes available in the country today. Our staff and quality control procedures are in place to ensure schedules are met and the very highest quality bespoke glass products are produced every time.
Glazing products include canopies, glass balustrades, glass staircases, glass floors, showcases and shop fronts. These can be installed in the UK or overseas, by our own staff giving the client continuity of supply.
Cutting & Processing
All the glass processes are carried out at our own factory. We use the most up to date equipment, and work to very accurate tolerances to produce extremely high quality finishes on both clear glass and mirror.
Our full range of processing includes cutting, straight edge polishing (to 80mm thick), drilling, bevelling, CNC shape polishing and bevelling, brilliant cutting, waterjet cutting and laminating. We also manufacture bent glass.
To complement our high quality processing, we toughen glass on our own plant to give a superb finish without 'roller wave' or surface pitting. We also apply safety films to the processed glass where required.
With our full range of in-house equipment, we can offer any of the above processes or any combination, at short notice, if required.
Hourglass have installed the latest computer controlled furnaces which enable us to produce accurate bends with a very quick turn around. All shapes of bends are possible up to a thickness of 25mm. We work to our normal exact tolerances and can laminate bent glass to give safety and security.
Our laminates can also incorporate other materials such as wood, fabrics, decorative films and photographs. Our bent, annealed, laminated or toughened glass can be made into showcases, shopfronts and double glazed units.
Hourglass has many years experience in UV bonding glass to glass, and glass to other materials. Showcases can be made with mitred joints and incorporate bent glass, laminated or toughened glass, depending on the style and situation. The accuracy of glass processing means that complex angles can be UV bonded with confidence. Metal fittings, hinges and locks can be bonded to the finished construction to give both security and support.
Hourglass produces laminated glass using EVA films for both internal and external use. The laminates can be made with both annealed and toughened glass, of any thickness, including mirrored glass, to give both safety and security.
Many materials, such as coloured films, fabrics, metals and veneers can be inserted into the laminate to give decorative effects. We can use clients' own materials for unique bespoke results.
Hourglass has a diverse range of processes for decorating glass, including sandblasting, with a variety of textures and effects from both our own design studios, and also from clients' own designs or logos. We also sandblast both deep carved designs and multi depth images.
Coloured films, and custom made paint finishes, in any colour, can be added to any of our annealed, toughened, laminated or bent glass. We screen print both designs and whole surface colours, both opaque and translucent.
Kiln Formed Glass
Hourglass has a range of furnaces producing slumped, fused and coloured glass. All kiln formed glass is custom made to the client's specification.
Glass can be silk screened and airbrushed with ceramic enamels which are then fired into the glass surface, enabling designs to be applied.
We also make a white frit diffuser glass on low iron glass for lightbox and backlit counter use.
The glass can be laminated or toughened, cut, polished and drilled, sandblasted or any combination of processes.
With a background in engineering, Hourglass has its own metalworking facility to produce custom made items in a variety of finishes to complement glass constructions. This allows us to fully control the production of our custom made glass showcases and art glass installations. We make hinges, locks and glass supports as well as metalwork for glass staircase tread supports.
Metal processes include welding, turning, milling, bending and finishing. The majority of this work is carried out with stainless steel.