Rob Stern’s workshop at Cesty Skla : Constructathon // REVIEW

The challenging “Constructathon” workshop has been successfully led by Rob Stern and his assistant, A.J. Bihn from the 27th of July to the 7th of August in the Glass Art Centre of Sazava. These two weeks have been giving plenty of opportunities to the participants : some “creative vacationers” could discover the magic of glassblowing and produce authentic pieces, a glass design student had improved his craft skills with the material, others achieved their dream project thanks to Rob’s advices and knowledge… And all of this in the funniest mood and strong teamwork.

Rob Stern working on his piece with Vicky Higginson
Rob Stern working on his piece with Vicky Higginson, student

From 1997-2003 Rob taught glassmaking at the University of Miami, FL. and earned his MFA. Rob now co-teaches with many artist/masters at schools worldwide and frequently travels abroad to make his work. He has been invited to work as a master craftsmen in both the US and Europe. In 2003 he established Rob Stern Art Glass Inc. in Miami, where he now works with his team on

Born in Miami, Rob was reared in Atlanta where his mother taught art and his father worked in the movie industry and dabbled in photography. Rob attended Northside High School for the Performing Arts, in Atlanta, where he was a member of an elite touring group, singing, dancing, and, acting. While active in many traditional sports, he also enjoyed skateboarding, surfing, and rock climbing. All of these factors combined with the inventive and adventurous spirit he inherited from his grandparents, would be important to his future career as a glass artist.
Rob attended San Francisco State University where he studied art and discovered glass making. He worked as an apprentice at John Lewis Glass, an industrial casting facility in Oakland, for five years. He traveled to Europe touring glass factories for a semester and then returned to begin his study at the Pilchuck Glass School, renowned worldwide for its glass programs. Rob would go on to study, apprentice, and assist numerous artists/masters at Pilchuck and other schools.
In 1992, after working as a teaching assistant for Czech master, Petr Novotny, Rob was invited to work in the Ajeto Glass Factory in the Czech Republic. It was the start of a long term working relationship as he would live and work there for a number of years. Rob continues to work closely with Petr both in Ajeto and doing demonstrations and conducting workshops throughout the world.

From 1997-2003 Rob taught glassmaking at the University of Miami, FL. and earned his MFA. Rob now co-teaches with many artist/masters at schools worldwide and frequently travels abroad to make his work. He has been invited to work as a master craftsmen in both the US and Europe. In 2003 he established Rob Stern Art Glass Inc. in Miami, where he now works with his team on many commissions and personal sculptures.

Teamwork in the hotshop
Teamwork in the hotshop
Lukáš Novák and Billie Crellin working together
Lukáš Novák and Billie Crellin working together
Lukáš Novák's vase in process
Lukáš Novák’s vase in process
Vicky Higginson heating her piece
Vicky Higginson heating her piece
Final exhibition of the workshop's production organized by the students themselves...
Final exhibition of the workshop’s production organized by the students themselves…
And see you soon !
And see you soon !

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Instructors :

Rob Stern

A.J. Bihn

Students :

Billie James Crellin

Lukáš Novák

Vicky Higginson

Margreet Verduijn-Meijer

Leendert Verduijn

Martin Janecky’s workshop at Cesty Skla : New Ways in Glass Sculpting // REVIEW

Martin Janecký and his assistant Ondřej Novotný have been keeping our hotshop busy from the 13th to the 24th of July, teaching the “New Ways in Glass Sculpting” workshop to 9 advanced-level students.

Martin Janecky's demo, sculpting glass according to his technique
Martin Janecky’s demo, sculpting glass according to his technique

Martin Janecky began working in glass at his father’s factory in the Czech Republic at the age of 13.  His Secondary training at the a four-year secondary school concentrating on the creation of glass art in Novy Bor introduced him to artists and designers from around the world that hired him to execute their ideas.  Throughout these beginning years Martin would develop his ideas and patiently wait for the opportunity to express them in the material.  In 2003 Martin made his first trip to the United States, still working for other artists, he was able to add to his already well-developed skill set and knowledge of the material.  Shortly after arriving in the US, he was able to begin making his own work while being a visiting artist at various glass programs such as the Corning Museum of Glass, Pilchuck Glass School, and Penland School of Craft.  Throughout this time he has developed his passion for pantomimes and circus performers into work that is skillfully executed and which truly expresses his interest in these individuals. Martin is considered one of the top glass sculptors in the field today, he is represented by the Habatat Gallery and has exhibited his work in galleries and museums all over the world.

Olga Rozin, student
Olga Rozin, student
Martin Janecky
Martin Janecky
Martin Janecky's horse head sculpture
Martin Janecky’s horse head sculpture


Jerôme Chion, student
Jerôme Chion, student
Cesty Skla's Hotshop
Cesty Skla’s Hotshop
Fresh-blown glass artworks
Fresh-blown glass artworks

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Instructors :

Martin Janecky

Ondrej Novotny

Students :

Olga Rozin

Antoine Pierini

Jerôme Chion

Billie Crellin 

Michal Orlík

Jan Kubík

Martin Hamerský

Jan Slanina

Lukas Balik

Anne Petters’ workshop at Cesty Skla // REVIEW

From the 27th to the 31st of July, Cesty Skla // Ways of Glass has been thrilled to welcome the German glass artist Anne Petters for an intensive workshop week about the pâte de verre technique. Michaela Doležalová (UMPRUM – Academy of Arts Architecture and Design Prague), František Jungvirt (Art-craft Glass Processing at SOŠ a SOU Třeboň) and Mathilde André (Hút František’s staff) had the opportunity to experiment the infinite possibilities of pâte de verre and to learn the process from A to Z.

Step 1 : Mold making
Step 2 : Frit-making process according to Anne Petters' technique
Step 2 : Frit-making process according to Anne Petters’ technique
Step 3 : Molds' engraving (negative)
Step 3 : Molds’ engraving (negative)
Step 4 : Composition of the piece with frit and colored glass powders' slices.
Step 4 : Composition of the piece with frit and colored glass powders’ slices.
Step 5 : Kiln fusing at appropriate temperatures for several hours
Step 5 : Kiln fusing at appropriate temperatures for several hours
Step 6 : Sculpting in the kiln to get the desired design
Step 6 : Sculpting in the kiln to get the desired design
Step 7 : After several hours cooling in the kiln, mold-release of the pieces
Step 7 : After several hours cooling in the kiln, mold-release of the pieces


Step 8 (bonus) : Photography of the artworks
Step 8 (bonus) : Photography of the artworks

Thank you Anne Petters for sharing your research and know-how about the pâte de verre technique !

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 Anne Petters’ master classes // Pâte de verre

The Glass Art Centre is thrilled to welcome Anne Petters from the 20th July to 31th July 2015 for an intensive course introducing the specific hot-printing technique of pâte de verre. This multi-media artist received a Diploma in Fine Arts from the Institute for Ceramics and Glass Art, Hoehr-Grenzhausen, and a MFA from Alfred University, New York.

Literally translated from French, ’’pâte de verre’’ means paste of glass. Anne Petters works primarily with mold-making material allowing her to developing new pâte de verre process such as transferring hand-written texts, drawing or patterns from a mold to glass. The constant of her work is poetry, metaphors of time and existence, sometimes appealing to natural phenomena. Anne’s work has been exhibited in glass museums from around the world and is currently included in the travelling exhibition EGE- Unknown Potential at the Finnish Glass Museum Rhiimäki, and the Murano Glass Museum, Italy.

The twelve-day workshop led by Anne Petters is addressing to beginner and intermediate students interested in learning the technique and process of pate de verre. On the other hand, the course will intend in making the students invent their own graphic style by providing them a playground for inspiration.

The use of various materials such as paster-silica, cement, sand and kiln paper will offer limitless opportunities to students to express themselves, starting from flat pâte de verre castings to hot glass 3D modelling in the kiln (wrapping it around core molds, fusing, folding etc.) Together, the students and Anne will liberate drawing/ writing from 2-dimensions and bring it into a sculptural form using the unique qualities and metaphors of glass in combination with other materials and inspiring objects, drawings, text they brought to class. Besides, the master glass artist will give an introduction of how to make glass frit in the hot shop.

More information about Anne Petters’ work here >


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GLASS FUNFAIR // 4th of July 2015

Last Saturday, 4th of July, many of you came to our Centre to celebrate glass ! For our greatest pleasure, the glass students from art school of Zelezny Brod inaugurated their own first exhibition in Hut’ František. Then, we all had the opportunity to be amazed by a glass blowing show thanks to the participation of Ondřej Strnadel, his assistant Olin, and Michal Orlík, who gently initiated young aspiring glass-blowers in the making of hot bubbles ! Outside the workshops and before our very eyes, Martina Štédrová gave a demonstration about engraving glass technique.

The afternoon has been animated by some theater shows for children (and grown-ups..!), while many exhibitors could introduce and sell their work to public under the burning sun of Sázava. To conclude this nice day, we were thrilled to welcome the JUJU music band and hear some pleasant electro-jazz music…

To all of you, THANK YOU !

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Eva Vlasakova

Eva Vlasakova was born in 1943. She studied at the Art School of V. Hollar and at the Academy of Applied Art in Prague, Czech Republic until 1967 and she then studied at the Pilchuck Glass School in Stanwood, WA, USA from which she graduated in 1985. She worked as a teacher from 1986 to 2002 in numerous art schools all across the world.

She participated in a lot of glass symposiums such as the International Glass Symposium in Novy Bor but also the Glassymposium in Frauenau, the Symposium of Engraved Glass in Harrachov and a lot of others.

She received many awards including the award of Masaryk’s Academy of Arts in Prague, the Rawicz ’87 in Rawicz, Poland, the Mini Print International in Barcelona, Spain and the Interexlibris in Frederikshavn, Denmark.

Her works can be found all over the world in Czech Republic, Germany, Denmark, Belgium, Hungary, Poland and in the USA (Philadelphia, Chicago, Dallas and New York).

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Jiri Suhájek

Jiri Suhajek was born in 1943 in Pardubice, Czech Republic. He studied at the Secondary School of Glassmaking in Kamenicky Senov and worked for Moser glasswork before continuing his studies in 1964 at the Academy of Applied Arts in Prague under the teaching of Professor Stanislav Libensky, and later at the Royal College of Art in London. After that, he did some residential stays in Venini, Murano and Venice in Italy and in Dutch Amsterdam.

He worked as glass artist for Moser glass from 1972 to 1994 and as glass designer for the Institute of Interior and Fashion Design in Prague since 1979. He became art director of the Bohemian Art Glass Ltd in Vsetin. He also worked as an instructor at the Secondary School of Glassmaking in Valasske Mezirici and at the University of Thomas Bata in Zlin, and as a lecturer in the US, Sweden, Russia, Japan and Germany.

He started blowing his own pieces toward the end of 1960. He blew a lot of rounded shapes usually feminine ones and during those last years he has been working on his monumental work which is “the four seasons”. This work is composed of four huge sculptures made of glass, steel and wires. They have human shapes and each of these giants evokes a season thanks to their bright colours.

He received several awards including the Best Design of the Year from the Institute of Industrial Design in Prague and the Design Centre of the Czech Republic in 1974, 1979, 1986, 1988, 1995 and 1996, the Premio International in Valencia, Spain in 1980, the Prize of the international glass symposium in Susmuth, Germany in 1985, to name just a few.

His work can be found in numerous museums and galleries like the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, England, the Corning Museum of Glass in Corning, USA and the Hokkaido Museum of Modern Art in Sapporo, Japan.

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Vladimir Klein

Vladimir Klein was born on the 6 of March 1950 in Komárno, Slovakia. He studied at the glass making school in Kamenicky Senov and then at the Academy of Arts and Design in Prague under Stanislav Libenskỳ. He was a teacher for several years and is now still giving lectures about glass. He was also a designer for Bohemia Crystalex Trading, Czech Republic, for nine years. He received many awards for his glass sculptures, the most recent one being the Erste Preis, Glasplastik und Garten, Munster in 2004.

He is specialized in monumental engraved coloured glass sculptures using an unconventional coldworking method similar to stone carving. With a chisel and hammer, he chips away the glass to create pieces that exploit the material’s optical qualities.

He is represented in several collections in Czech Republic, Germany, Poland, Japan, China and USA.

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Sybren Valkema

In the international history of free glass, Sybren Valkema is a pioneer and one of the most famous and greatest figure. He was born in 1916 in the Netherlands and died in 1996. He studied at Kooningliijke Academie voor Beeldende Kunsten and at Gravenhage where he received a Bachelor of Arts in Art Education.

He was one of the first glass artist in Europe. He worked as a teacher and co-director of Amsterdam’s Gerrit Rietveld Academy from 1943 to 1981. He was also the first to construct a glass furnace in Europe for art studios which he did in 1965 and in 1969 he established the first hot glass studio in a European art school at the Rietveld Academy. He also worked as a glass designer for the Royal Leerdam and was an instructor of Design and Aesthetics at the Leerdam Glass School.

He organized the first European exhibition of Free Glass including work by Erwin Eisch, Sam Herman, Harvey Littleton, Marvin Lipofsky and Valkema himself in museum Boymans Van Beuningen, Gemeentemuseum Arnhem and Groninger Mueseum.

As early as 1968, Valkema received a Royal decoration for his contributions in the Netherlands. In 1986, the Glass Museum in Ebeltoft honoured him by founding ‘The Sybren Valkema Honorary Prize. In 1987 Sybren Valkema was the first to receive the ‘Friends Award’ from the Dutch Association of Friends of Modern Glass and in Oakland, California, on March 17, 1994, he received the ‘Lifetime Achievement Award’ from the Glass Art Society.

Sybren Valkema’s works in glass can be seen in many public collections in Europe, including the Musée du Verre, Liège, Belgium; Museum Bellerive, Zurich, Switzerland; Kunstsammlungen der Veste Coburg, Germany; Kunstmuseum Düsseldorf, Germany; Glasmuseum Frauenau, Germany; Glasmuseum Immenhausen, Germany; Glassmuseum Ebeltoft, Denmark, Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Paris, France; Victoria and Albert Museum, London, England and in the Netherlands at the Nationaal Glasmuseum in Leerdam and the Museum Boymans-van Beuningen in Rotterdam.

In the United States Valkema’s glass has been collected by Corning Museum of Glass, Corning, New York; Elvehjem Museum of Art, Madison, Wisconsin; Penland School of Crafts, North Carolina and the Pilchuck Collection in Stanwood, Washington.

Sybren Valkema’s Portrait – Owner: The Corning Museum of Glass

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Blanka Adensamova

Blanka Adensamova was born in 1949 in Turnov, Czech Republic. She studied at the High School of Glass Art in Železný Brod and then graduated from the Academy of Applied Arts under the teaching of Professor Stanislav Libenský, Prague (1970 to 1976). She was remarked very early after her graduation when one of her work was included among the hundred best glass artworks in the world by American specialists. She now manages two furnaces in Southern Bohemia.

Her work consists of bright coloured glass sculptures in which she plays with light and matter. She has been using different techniques such as glassblowing, mold melted glass, cutting and grinding. Her latest work is mainly inspired by the Japanese culture and the search for contrast. Her sculptures evokes nature and humankind in a light and playful way.

She received the Prize of Masaryk’s Academy of Arts in Prague (1996), the Promotion Award, Glass ’84 in Tokyo, Japan, and the Honour Prize in Erfut, Německo (1978 and 1982).

Blanka Adensamova’s works have been exhibited all across the world and can be found in public as well as private collections including the Corning Museum of Glass in Corning, and the National Museum of WA in Washington (USA), the Museum of Glass in Ebeltoft (Denmark) and in Frauenau (Germany), the Galerie Lobmayer in Vienna (Austria), the National Museum of Modern Art in Tokyo (Japan), the K. Danderfer in Vancouver (Canada) and the Umělecko-průmyslové Muzeum in Prague (Czech Republic) to name just a few.


1978   II. Quadrienale, Erfurt, Germany

1982   III. Quadrienale, Erfurt, Germany

1984   Glass 84, Tokyo, Japan

1996   The Prize of Masaryk’s Academy of Arts, Prague

1999   The Medal of Franz Kafka for Artistic Creation, Prague

2007  International Exhibition of Glass, Kanazawa, Japan

Want to know more? Check the artist website: Adensamova2