This exceptional Modernist work of handblown art glass is by glass artist and designer Jaroslav Svoboda (b. 1938 - ). Svoboda designed this piece in 1969 as part of a series for Czech Skrdlovice glassworks. Svoboda is well known for designing many popular and much-loved pieces in clear and cobalt blue glass.
This sculpted piece is crafted from clear glass, within which is suspended irregular bubbles and swirling daubs of Cobalt blue around a central hollow well.
The form distinctly avoids harsh angles and lines and instead, opts for softly exaggerated curves all over and the central hollow well makes this piece suited to displaying single stem flowers.
The form creates multiple effects within the glass and how it interacts with light; from magnifying to refracting to prismatic. Depending on the angle of display and light, the internal decor creates different beautiful refractions across surfaces.
Excellent. No chips, cracks or repairs, there is mild use wear on the underside of the base commensurable with the age of the piece - please refer to photos as part of the condition report.
Height c. 5.7" / 14.6 cm by c. 3" / 7.5 cm in diameter. Weight c.1.6 kg / 1,646 g
Vase will be securely packaged and shipping will be insured. Shipping will be combined for multiple items.
A BIT OF HISTORY
Jaroslav Svoboda (b. 1938 - ) Svoboda entered the world of glassmaking from a young age and in his father's workshop, his father worked for the Inwald glassworks. Svoboda would pursue academic knowledge of the arts at the age of 15 before officially beginning his career in glass in 1966.
In the years to follow, Svoboda would go on to become the Head of the ÚUŘ Glassworks in Skrdlovice and becoming Professor and Head of Glass Studio at the Academy of Arts, Architecture & Design in Prague before finally establishing his own glassworks studio.
Svoboda has had significant achievements throughout his career; he has won numerous awards and his works are featured in collections in many museums including the Corning Museum of Glass in New York, the Kunstmuseum für Kunst und Gewerbe in Hamburg, the National Gallery in Prague and many more.
His work has been presented in over 60 exhibitions, either as a dedicated individual exhibition or part of a collective. There are also around 30 Svoboda commissioned pieces in state, financial, school and industrial buildings in his native Czech Republic and abroad.