Prácheňská 791, Kamenický Šenov, 47114
+420 604 622 663
Visit possible by prior reservation.
I first encountered the technique of winding beads in Železný Brod, where I first saw the production of a glass bead on the stove. This mysterious technique gave me an amazing energy. The energy that used fire to transform an ordinary glass rod into a work of art so enchanted me that I was eager to learn the technique. I decided to study this technique professionally at the glass school in Železný Brod, where they have a long tradition of working with glass shaped over the fire. Today, when I think back to my first attempts, it's a bit funny.
Before the bead is created, the glassmaker has to prepare the actual space where he has the glass furnace and the necessary tools. The main component is the coloured raw material in the form of a glass rod, which is melted and wound onto a metal rod using high heat. It is necessary to accurately estimate the appropriate temperature of the glass and to know when it is properly malleable. Then you just have to wind the glass and use your imagination. My favourite technique is hollow beads, which I use to make more monumental jewellery where the weight of the bead is reduced to a minimum while maintaining a good size. I assemble glass beads into my jewellery using stainless steel components in the case of more expensive pieces using sterling silver. I like clean colours and minimalist design.
During a visit to the workshop, you can see the production of a glass jewellery piece from the bead itself to the final assembly into the final jewellery piece. There will be a professional interpretation for those interested. Children and adults can try their hand at making their own bead. In my studio, visitors will see examples of my work in a small home gallery where jewelry can also be purchased.