Petr Novotný began working with glass as an apprentice at the age of 15. Today he runs one of the Czech Republic’s most celebrated glass studios from the traditional craft hot spot of Nový Bor. His career has spanned communism and capitalism.After 10 years as a master glassblower for Crystalex – Czechoslovakia’s most important export brand during the Iron Curtain years – Novotný collaborated with some of the country’s design icons such as René Roubícek and Stanislav Libenský, who were given unprecedented freedom to exhibit internationally by the…
Ajeto factory in Lindava
Shaping the glass before blowing
A worker in the polishing workshop checks that a piece is level
The glass is cooled
Wooden moulds are made to the exact measurements of the intended shape of the glass pieces
Furnaces in the ‘hot shop’
Glassblowing through a blowpipe
A finished piece
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