Galerie W - Contemporary Czech Studio Glass

Jan Beránek
Richard Čermák
Lenka Čermáková
Stanislava Grebeníčková
Milan Handl
Vladimír Klein
Zdeněk Lhotský
Václav Machač
Josef Marek
   Ivan Mareš
Miloslava Nievaldová
Ladislav Oliva sen.
Ladislav Oliva
Anna Polanská
Ales Vašíček
Eva Vlasáková
Karel Wünsch

Richard Čermák
  • Born 1960 Prague, Czech Republic
  • Study Academy of Applied Arts, Prague CZ

Exhibitions /Selected/

  • 1999 BCA, Mercantyle Club, Jakarta, Indonesia
  • 1999 Gallery Prager Cabinett, Salzburg, Austria
  • 1998 The SOFA Art, Chicago, USA
  • 1998 The Studio Glass Gallery, London, UK
  • 1997 Glassgallery Hitfeld, Young Czech Glass, Hamburg,Germany
  • 1997 Glassgallery Atlanta, Glassgallery San Francisko, USA
  • 1996 Gallery Nakama, Tokyo, Japan
  • 1995 The International Exhibition Of Glass, Kanazawa, Japan

Lenka Čermáková
  • Born in Valtice, Czech Republic
Education
  • Academy of Applied Arts, Prague

Exhibitions

  • 2001 Mava Museum Madrid, Spain
  • 2001 The Studio Glass Gallery London, UK
  • 2000 Galerie Art Pro, Praha, CZ
  • 1999 Gallery Prager Cabinet, Salzburg, Austria
  • 1998 The International Exhibition Of Glass Kanazawa, Japan
  • 1997 Glassgallery Lutych, Swiss
  • 1997 Glassgallery Hitfeld, Germany
  • 1997 Glassgallery Atlanta, USA
  • 1997 Glassgallery San Francisko, USA
  • 1996 Nakama Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
  • 1995 GALLERY Vetro, Frankfurt, Germany
  • 1994 Gewerbemuseum Wintenthur, Germany
  • 1993 World Glass, Kanazawa, Japan
  • 1990 Glass Price, Heller Gallery New York-Prague

Stanislava Grebeníčková
  • Born 1954, Žatec, Czech Republic.

Education

  • 1970 - 74 Glass School of Applied Arts, Železný Brod
  • 1974 - 80 Academy of Applied Arts, Prague /Prof. Stanislav Libenský/
  • 1978 Scholarship at the Gerrit Rietveld Academy, Amsterdam NL
  • Since 1981 free-lance glass artist

Awards

  • 1998 "Silver Prize" ? The international Exhibition of Glass, Kanazawa ´98

Representation in public collections

  • National Gallery, Prague CZ
  • Glass Museum Ebeltoft, Ebeltoft DK
  • Northern Bohemian Museum, Liberec CZ
  • Utatsuyama Craft Workshop, Kanazawa J
  • Regional Bibliothek, Welden D
  • Toyama Museum of Contemporary Arts, Toyama J

In present time

  • Leo Kaplan Gallery, New York
  • Participation on many group Glass-Exhibitions abroad

Milan Handl
  • Born 1929 in Příbram, Czech Republic.

Education

  • 1968 - 1972 Secondary Glass School, Železný Brod
  • 1972 - 1978 Academy of Applied Art, Prague

One-man exhibitions

  • 1997 - Galerie Zu Neuen Rathaus, Weiden, Germany
  • 1996 - Gallery Simone, Bratislava, Slovak Republic
  • 1995 - Galerie Hittfeld, Seevetal, Germany
  • 1993 - Miller Gallery, New York
  • 1991 - The Glass gallery, Toronto, Canada
  • 1989 - Galerie Glaskunst, Saarbrücken, Germany

Public Collections

  • National Gallery Prague, Czech Republic
  • Museum of Decorative Arts, Lausanne, Switzerland
  • Museum of Applied Arts, Prague, Czech Republic
  • Musée des Beax Arts, Rouen, France
  • Glass Museum Paracin, Yugoslavia
  • Glass Museum Ebeltoft, Denmark
  • Finnish Glass Museum Riihimäki, Finland
  • Ulster Museum, Belfast
  • UK Moravian Gallery Brno, Czech Republic
  • Arts and Crafts Museum Hamburg, Germany

Awards

  • 1987 - The Sybren Walkema Honorary price, Ebeltoft, Denmark

Vladimir Klein
  • Born 1950, Komárno Czechoslovakia.

Education

  • 1965-1969 Secondary Glass School at Kamenický Šenov
  • 1969-1975 Academy of Applied Arts, Prague /Prof. Stanislav Libenský/
  • 1977-1985 Teacher at the Secondary Glass School at Kamenický Šenov
  • 1985-1990 Headed the Secondary Glass School at Kamenický Šenov

Awards

  • 1975 - The School of the Academy of Applied Art in Prague
  • 1976 - The Annual Price of the Union of Czech Creative Artists
  • 1977 - The Prize of Honour Coburger Glaspreis 77, Coburg, Germany
  • 1992 - The Silver Award Kristalnacht Project, Philadelphia, USA
  • 1993 - The Grand Prize Toyama Zokei Kúkan 93, Toyama, Japan
  • 1994 - The Suntory Prize, Suntory Museum of Art, Tokyo, Japan
  • 1998 - The Silver Award, The International Exhibition of Glass Kanazawa, Japan
  • 2000 - The Merit Prize, Vessels International Exhibition of Glass, Koganezaki, Japan

Representation in public collections

  • Kunstsammlungen der Veste Coburg, Germany
  • The Corning Museum of Glass, Corning, USA
  • Museé des Arts Decoratifs de la Ville, Lausanne, Switzerland
  • Glasmuseum Frauenau, Germany
  • Museum of Decorative Arts Prague, Czech Republic
  • Museum of Glass, Jablonec nad Nisou, Czech Republic
  • The Art Collection of City Hall, Glass Museum Toyama, Japan
  • Suntory Museum of Art, Tokyo, Japan
  • Notojima Art Glass Museum, Japan
  • Koganezaki Glass Museum, Kamomura, Japan

One-man exhibitions

  • 2000 - Studio Glass Gallery, London, UK /joint with P.Hlava, F.Janák/
  • 2000 - Glass Museum, Kamenický Šenov, Czech Republic
  • 1999 - Gallery Jean-Claude CHapelotte, Luxemburg
  • 1998 - Shinsakura Machi Gallery, Toyama, Japan
  • 1997 - Gallery W Nový Bor, Czech Republic
  • 1996 - Gallery Rob van den Doel, Prague, Czech Republic
  • 1995 - Gallery L Hamburg, Germany
  • 1995 - Gallery Elf ,Toyama, Japan
  • 1994 - Shinsakura Machi Gallery Toyama, Japan
  • 1994 - Nakama Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
  • 1993 - Yokohama Museum of Art, Art Gallery, Japan
  • Participation on many group Glass-Exhibitions abroad

Zdeněk Lhotský
  • born 1956
a founding member of the art group Tvrdohlaví (Hard Headed), graduated from the University of Applied Arts in Prague at Prof. Stanislav Libenský. Since 1994, he has been the owner of the Mould Melted Glass Studio in Pelechov at Železný Brod, Czech Republic.

He is the author of design of all vessels (cast bowls, fused slumped plates and sinks) produced by the firm Lhotský. In 1997, he was awarded the Bavarian National Award for Design for this collection.

His art works are focused on glass design, mould melted glass sculptures, window-panes, drawings, graphics, metal plastic pieces and realizations for architecture. He was also involved in dozens of interior realizations.

Representation in Collections

  • Museum of Applied Arts in Prague
  • Ministry of Culture of the Czech Republic
  • Moravian Gallery in Brno
  • Museum of Glass and Jewellery in Jablonec nad Nisou
    ... and a number of private domestic and foreign art collection

Co-operation with Artists and Architects

  • Karen LaMonte
  • Howard Ben Tré
  • Stanislav Libenský - Jaroslava Brychtová
  • Anna Kopecká
  • Kevin Berlin
  • Peter Bremers
  • Čestmír Suška
  • Jaroslav Róna
  • Michal Gabriel
    ... and others

Václav Machač
  • geboren 1945

Ausbildung:

  • Glasfachschule in Železný Brod 1959 bis 1963
  • Kunstgewerbehochschule Prag (prof. Libenský) 1965 bis 1971

Pedagogische Tätigkeit:

  • Seit 1978 professor an der Glasfachschule in Nový Bor , Abt. Hütten-geformtes Glas

In öffentlichen Sammlungen vertreten :

  • In manchen tschechischen Museums, sowie in Ausland
  • Corning Museum of Glass, Corning N.Y. USA
  • Museum Lausanne, CH
  • Museum Veste Coburg, Coburg, D

Bibliographie :

  • Kříž J. Glasskulpturen von Václav Machač, Glassrevue /CZ/1985/2 S. 16-18

Ivan Mareš
  • Born 1956 in Děčín, Czech Republic

Education

  • 1971-75 Secondary Glass School, Železný Brod
  • 1977-83 Academy of Applied Art, Prof. S.Libensky, Prague

Exhibitions

  • 2001 - SOFA, New York
  • 1999 - New York, Heller Gallery: New sculpture
  • 1999 - SOFA, Chicago
  • 1997-99 - “The Glass Skin” Hokkaido Museum of Modern Art, Sapporo
  • Rerun:
    1. Shimonoseki City Art Museum, Japan
    2. The Museum of Fine Arts, Gifu, Japan
    3. The Corning Museum of Glass, Corning
    4. Kunstmuseum Düsseldorf, Germany
    5. Kunstsammlungen der Veste Coburg, Germany
  • 1995 - Heller Gallery, New York ,one-man exhibition
  • 1991 - Hokkaido Museum of Modern Art, Sapporo, Japan, World Glass Now, Honorary Price
  • 1990 - Maurine Littelton Gallery, Washington, Libenský & Brychtová, Mareš
  • 1990 - Glasmuseum Düsseldorf, Germany, New Glass in Europa
  • 1990 - Musee des Arts Decoratifs, Paris, Vere de Boheme
  • And many others

Public Collections

  • Hokkaido Museum of Modern Art, Sapporo, Japan
  • Glasmuseum Düsseldorf, Germany
  • Museum of Applied Art, Prague, CZ
  • The Corning Museum of Glass, Corning
  • Coganezaki Museum of Glass, Japan
  • Moravian Gallery, Brno, CZ

Miloslava Nievaldová
  • Born 1952 in Praha (Prague)

Education

  • Second Art School in Prague

Selected exhibitions

  • Galerie de Gang, Delft, Nederland
  • 1994 Galerie Kunst und Form, Kobenhaven, Danmark
  • 1993 Galerie Passau, Germany
  • 1991 Galerie Art Garn, Kobenhaven, Danmark

Ladislav Oliva, junior
  • Born on May 27, 1964 in Česká Lípa, Czech Republic

Education

  • 1978 - 1982 attended the Second School of Applied Arts Specializing in Glassmaking in Železný Brod, field of study: Hand-Shaping of Melted Glass by Prof. Pavel Ježek
  • 1982 - 1988 studied at the University of Applied Arts in Prague, field of study: Graphic Arts of Glassmaking by Prof. Stanislav Libenský.

Professional experience

  • 1989 - 1991 employed as a glass designer at the company Crystalex in the glass factory in Harrachov
  • 1991 With his brother Tomáš (Master of Glassmaker’s Trade) built their own glass furnace and established a small studio.
  • In the area of free creation, Ladislav engages in sculptures made of melted glass. He creates original objects, both tree-dimensional and flat. He freshens up the melted glass mass with elements of cone-shaped spirals, pre-processed with a blowpipe in the glassworks.Since 1992 has been living and working in Železný Brod.

Exhibitions

  • Barcelona1995 Barcelona, Sant-Cugat
  • 2000 Mladá Boleslav, Czech Republic – family exhibition
  • 2001 Kamenický Šenov, Czech Republic, Glassicentrum - family exhibition
  • 2002 Ijsselstein, Netherlands - family exhibition
  • 2003 Železný Brod, Czech Republic - Komerční banka (i.e. Commercial Bank)

his life credo

  • We live and create thanks to the nature. It is important to perceive it and to respect it. Glass is nature’s beautiful product. It can reward a man, but it can also torment him.

Ladislav Oliva, senior
  • Born 1933, Chudefice, Czech Republic

Education

  • Secondary Glass School, Kamenicky Senov
  • Academy of Applied Arts, Praha

Avards

  • 1960 Gold medal XI. Triennale Milano, Italy
  • 1963 Gold medal International Crafts Fair, Stuttgart, Germany

Teaching experience

  • Secondary Glass School Zelezny Brod
  • Secondary Glass School Kamenicky Senov

One-man exhibition in Czech Republic

  • 1968 Museum Liberec
    Museum Pardubice
    Gallery Olomouc
  • 1975 Museum Semily
    Gallery Karolina, Praha
  • 1976 Museum Skutec
  • 1987 Museum Jablonec n.N.

Participation on many group Glass-Exhibitions abroad


Ales Vašíček
  • Born 1947, Ostrava, CZ

Education

  • 1962 - 1966 Specialized School for Glassmaking in Zelezny Brod
  • 1966 - 1972 Academy of Applied Arts in Prague. Studio of professor Stanislav Libensky

Awards

  • 1990 - Grand Prize, The International Exhibition of Glass KANAZAWA '90, Kanazawa
  • 1999 - VESSELS, The International Exhibition of Glass, Koganezaki Glass Museum, Koganezaki, Japan

Public Collections

  • Museum of Decorative Arts, Prague, Czech Republic
  • North Bohemian Museum, Liberec, Czech Republic
  • Museum of Glass and Jewellery, Jablonec n. N., Czech Republic
  • Moravian Gallery, Brno, Czech Republic
  • City Gallery of Olomouc, Olomouc, Czech Republic
  • Musee du verre, Sars-Poteries, France
  • City hall of Morestel, Morestel, France
  • Kunstsammlungen der Veste Coburg, Coburg, Germany
  • Kunstmuseum Dusseldorf, Dusseldorf, Germany
  • Museum fur Kunst und Gewerbe, Hamburg, Germany
  • Glasmuseum Ernsting Stiftung, Coesfeld, Germany
  • Kanazawa City Hall, Kanazawa, Japan
  • Yokohama Museum of Art, Yokohama, Japan
  • Koganezaki Glass Museum, Koganezaki, Japan
  • Hambros Bank, London, Great Britain
  • Museum of Applied Arts, Monterrey, Mexico
  • Barcelona City Hall, Barcelona, Spain
  • Musee des Arts Decoratifs, Lausanne, Switzerland
  • Museum van der Togt, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Ales Vašíček began with purely minimalist glass objects, in which simple forms were exactly connected. When he had exhausted the possibilities of perfectly balanced composition, he gradually abandoned his original approach, and his work has become increasingly relaxed, combining geometrical forms with structures. The inner space plays as important a role as the outer, and the light permeability of the substance is highly significant. Ales Vašíček is able to make use of a wide range of expressive possibilities. He knows how to work with light, shadow and reflection. He achieves exact proportions between lines, intersecting straight lines and curves, irregular forms, structures and imprints of reality. He works with views through an object, color changes, a defining of spaces, the angle of reflected rays.
Sometimes the message is left unsaid, merely suggested. The objects express a particular situation, or processes underway in nature and the universe in connection with the development of our technological civilization. The artist sometimes returns to where he started from; he has by no means entirely repudiated those approaches, but his work is increasingly open. In it there are the possibilities of exact composition, growing into organic forms. He allows chance to break a firm and unchanging order, so that form does not fossilize in aesthetic perfection, which gives no chance to further natural transformations. He avoids neither expressiveness nor the rhythmic arrangement of decorative elements. Sometimes he experiments with unusual combinations of different materials (glass, ceramics) and techniques, opening new paths. Diverse planes of meaning are layered in his glass sculptures. Their arrangement has an inner logic, yet they contain secrets. Vasicek also works with symbols, into which he projects his complex understanding of contemporary reality. In his present work, a recognition and acknowledgement of traditional values plays an important role, together with an ability to perceive the thought and feeling of the present day. In his works we can read a sense for the perfection of order, and simultaneously a deliberate violation or breaking of perfect forms so that the creative process can begin again, taking a different course.

Jiri Machalicky


Eva Vlasáková

Education

  • Art School, Prague
  • Academy of Applied Arts, Prague
  • The Pilchuck Glass School, Stanwood, WA

Professional Experience

  • G.A.S. Conference, Seto, Japan 1998
  • International Glass Symposium, Nový Bor, CZ; 1977, 1995, 1991
  • Glassymposium, Frauenau, Germany; 1991, 1988, 1985

Teaching Experience

  • Ohio University, Athens, OH
  • Miami University, Miami, FL
  • Academy of Applied Arts, Prague
  • Toyama City Institute of Glass, Japan
  • Aichi University of Education, Japan
  • Pratt Fine Arts Center, Seattle, WA
  • Pilchuck Glass School, Stanwood, WA; Teaching Assistant to Ann Wolf and Channa Bankler
  • Feders, Mexico City, Mexico
  • Ars Vidrio, Monterrey, Mexico, with Cappy Thompson

Selected Exhibitions

  • Museum of Glass and Jewerelly Jablonec n.N. CZ, with Pavel Ježek ; 1997, 1996
  • Gallery Ohio University, Athens, OH ; 1998
  • Gallery Nakama, Tokyo, Japan ; 1996

Awards

  • Kristallnacht Project, The American Interfaith Institute, Philadelphia, Bronze Medal

Karel Wünsch
  • Born 1932, Nový Bor, Czech Republic

Education

  • 1946-1950 Secondary Glass School , Nový Bor
  • 1953-1959 Academy of Applied Art, Prague

Professional experience

  • 1950-1953 Optical Glass Work, Kamenický Šenov
  • 1959-1969 Borské sklo, Glass Work Nový Bor
  • Since 1970 own Glass-Studio near Nový Bor
  • 1994 opened Gallery W in Nový Bor
  • Glass symposia
  • Škrdlovice Glass Work, 1971, 1976, 1979
  • Crystalex Nový Bor, 1982, 1988
  • Frauenau /Germany/, 1988, 1991

Public collections,

  • CZ - National Gallery Prague; Arts and Crafts Museum Prague;
  • Moravian Gallery Brno
  • Museum of Glass and Costume Jewelry, Jablonec n/Nis and others
  • D - Museum of Glass, Veste Coburg, Coburg
  • NL - Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam
  • GB - Ulster Museum
  • RUS - Pushkin Museum, Moscow
  • USA - Corning Museum of Glass, Corning N.Y.

One-man exhibition /Selection/

  • 2000 - Gallery W, Nový Bor CZ, Catalogue A. Langhamer
  • 1993 - First Glass Gallery, München, Germany
  • 1982 - Rosen Gallery, Amsterdam, NL
  • 1978 - Gallery Kozsykova, Warsaw, Poland, joint with F. Vízner,
  • 1977 - Essener Glasgalerie, Essen, Germany, Catalogue Dr. W. Hesse
  • 1975 - North Bohemian Museum, Liberec, Catalogue by A. Adlerová
  • 1974 - Karolina Gallery, Prague
  • 1969 - Jablonec n/Nis. Museum of Glass, Catalogue by A. Langhamer
    and many others

Participation on many group Glass-Exhibitions abroad

From my point of view one of the very first materials which the man created was glass.

You could compare this material with another nature product ? hot melted rock coming from the heart of the Earth and cooling down on the surface.

I'm thinking about this every time I work with glass.

Cut glass

I think there is also analogy to the nature.

The rock born of hot mass rolls into the mountain river where it is growing by other stones until the original hot kernel is revealed.

What an exciting adventure it is for me to cut and polish the glass to uncover its inner layers for those who love glass.