Join us in the Foci Studio for a chance to gain insight into the creative process of visiting artist and glass coldworking master Frantisek Janak.
Frantisek worked with glass material since the age of 15, when he attended a school for the apprentices to learn cut glass at the school belonging to the biggest Czech producer of hand cut lead crystal -Bohemia Glassworks. After one year of experience, Janak went to the Secondary School of Glassmaking in Kamenicky Senov, the oldest and first glass school in the world, founded 1856. He then began working as a glass cutter and his own studio practice. In 1975, he was accepted to the Academy of Applied Arts in Prague under professor Stanislav Libensky, receiving an MA after six years. Since this time Frantisek has been one of the greatest contributors of revitalizing the traditions of cold working. Janak has taught around the world including; Toyama Glass Institute, Rochester Institute of Technology, Pilchuck Glass School, Corning Studios, just to name a few.