July 8-12, 2019
July 8-12, 2019
Frantisek Janak - Frantisek worked with glass material since the age of 15, when I 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. This is an entry-level course that will teach students how to make a small glass sculptural form from a solid block of glass using cold working techniques such as glass shaping, grinding, smoothing, polishing, engraving and gluing components with UV glue.
Students will learn how to properly set up and use different cutting machines. This course will cover how to work with many different grinding, smoothing and polishing tools and medias as well as Czech-made diamond, stone and resin wheels and how to treat them. The course will be filled with explanations of the science behind cutting and polishing glass and how to use this information for proper decision making. This will build a strong foundation of professional craftsmanship and art work. Students will be taught what is necessary to design the perfect cold shop. The Czech Republic is respected as the place where cold working earned its long and strong tradition. Frantisek instructor has more than 50 years of experience in this field. No previous coldworking experience is required, although experienced students are very welcome and may learn more than they have ever expected.