Studio Art Glass
During the second half of the twentieth century a new phenomenon, which
transformed the use of glass for artistic expression, appeared – the
studio art glass. Czech artists co-created this new art discipline and
many of them keep changing its landscape.
The first fine glass sculptures and objects emerged in the 1950s. The
first works were inspired by related artistic fields – by sculpture and
by painting in particular. A revolutionary technological process was
developed – melting glass matter in forms.
First sculptures were
relatively small in size, but they enabled the artists to master the new
technique. Late 1960s and early 1970s brought a shift in perception of
glass as a medium of artistic expression. The optical properties of
glass and the transformation of the world seen through glass gained
Czech studio glass art of the last twenty years is tremendously varied
and rich. There is hand shaped and blown glass, layered glass, painted
glass, glued glass and molten glass, which is currently the technique of
choice of many fine glass artists. Molten glass sculptures, sometimes
cut and polished, burst with diverse individual expressions of the
The youngest generation of artists knows no artistic boundaries. They
use irony and grotesque; they combine glass with metal, stone, synthetic
materials and wood to produce works, which could not be produced by
traditional technologies and with traditional materials.
Czech glass studio artists are major contributors to the glass arts
around the world.
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