Precious stones from the Bohemian Paradise

The brothers Jan and Václav Fišers from Turnov. Their alleged voyage to Venice, five years of efforts to seize the local secret of secrecy, return to Turnov, dozens of wasted attempts and then - finally success! In 1711 they made the first glass for the production of artificial stones.


It was in 1712, when Elias Müller built his glassworks on the estate of the Harrach Counts in Jilemnice. It continued in the traditional production of glass, which was produced on the border of the Giant Mountains and the Jizera Mountains in the middle of the 14th century. Even today, you can see not only metallurgical production and blowing glass, but also a hundred-year-old grinding shop. It is driven by a water turbine and transmissions used to distribute the driving force.


Elias Palme, one of the most famous luminaire manufacturers, continued the tradition of chandeliers in Kamenický Šenov. Industrial production of chandeliers was started in 1724 by Josef Palme in Prácheň.


Surely you would not find in the whole Principle and in the broad surroundings of a person who would say a crooked word about Jan Šourek. After all, it was as if he had come to the Principle of Prosperity and Welfare. As soon as he took possession of the reeve, life in the village began to turn for the better. He was one of the first to venture into the world for business.


Josef Riedel, king of the Jizera Mountains glassmakers, was born in Hejnice in 1816. He was the representative of the sixth generation of the glass family and imprinted his footprint indelibly on the slopes of the Jizera Mountains.



Josef Pfeiffer - Jablonec entrepreneur and mayor, who was involved in the development of jewelery exports. Everything is confirmed at the imperial court and in 1866 Jablonec became a town during his reign.

BLOWN BEAD and its way to the tree

People can make sense of time and numbers, but not us, beads. However, I have heard that they have been blowing me in the mountains for more than a hundred years. As a bead would put it, that is a long time. You, who have never seen how a bead is born, you don´t know how beautiful life can be....


In 1920 the first Czech glass school was founded in Železný Brod, thanks to which the town became a center of glass art.


Exhibition 2022 YEAR OF GLASS

Gallery Jan Svatos, Kostelec nad Černými lesy, Prokopova 1095

11. 6.-30.10. 2022


On 11 June 2022, a group exhibition entitled 2022 - YEAR OF GLASS opened at the Jan Svatoš Gallery. The Central Bohemian gallery has spacious representative interiors and gardens and combines the art of glass with the art of ceramics.

The Year of Glass exhibition is primarily a friendly intergenerational meeting of allied glass artists and as such has no coherent curatorial concept. The common denominator of the exhibits is an honest approach to glass art and, not least, to glass craft, techniques and technologies, including the production of glass jewellery. At the same time, the courage to experiment and, in many cases, conceptual overlaps into the field of contemporary art are evident. Another point of contact is the cooperation with the Higher Vocational School of Arts and Glass in Kamenický Šenov, where almost all the exhibitors studied, worked (or are working).

The heart of the exhibition is the ground floor of the gallery, where the studio Bystro Design, which initiated and organised the exhibition, is exhibiting. Bystro Design is exhibiting works that were created in a collaborative studio, but also as part of individual work. Already on the ground floor there is a wide range of glass techniques and technologies, including the sophisticated Graal technique, while the representative show of technical processes and artistic approaches continues on the gallery floor, where the "guests" exhibit. On display are fused glass sculptures in a dynamic abstract approach of figuratively conceived cut abstract compositions based on fused glass and cultured engraved and painted glass.

Part of the exhibition takes place in the spacious garden, which is an integral part of the exhibition activities. The works of glass artists are thus combined with contemporary (not only) ceramic works, adding to the unique atmosphere of the place, which also offers a beautiful view from the observation tower that is part of the complex.



Bystro Design, Dagmar Pánková, Leoš Smejkal, Soňa Třeštíková, Martina Janáková, Bohdana Vydrová, Pavel Vydra, Petr Písařík, Petr Menš, Petr Stacho, František Janák.

Glass jewellery: Karolina Kopřivová, Šárka Bartko, Bohdana Vydrová, Bystro Design


Jan Svatos Gallery is open

Friday:        02.00pm - 05.00pm

Saturday:   10.00am - 12.00pm    and    01.00pm - 05.00pm

Sunday:      10.00am - 12.00pm   and    01.00pm - 05.00pm

Admission fee 30,- CZK.