Designer: Jiri Suhajek
Date of design: c1980
Jirí Suhajek is one of the Czech republic’s most important and progressive living glass designers. Gaining experience at the genesis of the studio glass movement in Britain under Sam Herman, he is also one of the few Czech glass artists who crosses glass making and design. Stylised floral motifs recur frequently in Suhajek’s work of this period, and are sometimes joined by randomly applied trails or threads that indicate the unique, ‘studio glass’ nature of a piece. Here, a stylised germinating seed, or bud, is joined by optical ribbing, and a surprisingly complex production process.
A gob of opalescent glass was blown into a ribbed optic mould before a trail of cobalt blue glass was applied to create the bud motif. The base was then cased in transparent green glass, and blown into a plain cylindrical mould. The piece was then reversed on the pontil to enable the rim to be finished. This colourway, which accentuates the inspiration from nature, is scarce. With this design, Suhajek combines 1980s and Postmodern styles with studio glass, in a purely Czech manner.
9.5in (24cm) high.
A similar design, undoubtedly from the same range, was shown in Bohemian Glass Tradition and Present by Antonin Langhamer, published by Crystalex in 1991.
About The Designer
Jiri Suhajek (b.1943) studied at the Specialised School of Glassmaking at Kamenicky Senov from 1957-61, and then worked as a draftsman at the Moser glassworks at Karlovy Vary. From 1964-68, he studied at the Academy of Applied Arts in Prague under the influential and talented Professor Stanislav Libensky. In 1968, he travelled to London to study for a diploma in glass at the Royal College of Art, graduating in 1971. He spent the following year working at different factories including London’s Glasshouse, Venini, and colleges in Amsterdam and Edinburgh. From 1972-94, he was a key designer at Moser and was also a designer at the Institute of Interior & Fashion Design in Prague. He is now an important glass teacher, an independent glass artist, and he takes part in important symposia. He has won many national and international awards and his work is in public and private collections across the world.