Smetanovo zátiší 470, 468 22, Železný Brod
+420 483 346 162
In 2020, the Secondary School of Arts and Crafts in Železný Brod celebrated its 100th anniversary. This first purely Czech glass school operating in our territory, and the largest glass school in Europe, offers a wide range of studies in one place, including accommodation in its own Youth Home.
Above all, it was deliberately founded as the first vocational glass school in the newly established Czechoslovak Republic in 1920 with the task "to prepare pupils to work independently in the art glass industry and at the same time to give them a basic business education for self-employment".
Under one roof, the school offers two four-year diploma courses, a glass-design course and a chemical-technological course. The two art and two technical courses with a total of ten vocational fields form a unique combination of theory and practice, and technical background and artistic background.
The school has its own glassworks and covers almost all hot and cold techniques of artistic glass processing.
Pupils in the oldest glass design course study in six glass specialisations, Cutting and Fused Sculpture, Metallurgical Glass Forming, Painting and Decor, Engraved and Embossed Glass, Design of Techno-Decorative Glass and Glass Figurines and Design of Jewellery, Costume Jewellery and Fashion Accessories, right from the first year. The school's domain is primarily the two traditional glassmaking disciplines taught, which originated in Železný Brod from the artists and teachers of the school, Brycht's Železný Brod glass figurines and the maintained legacy of fused glass sculptures by Jaroslava Brychtová and Stanislav Libenský.
Students of the youngest branch of Product Design work with all materials, thanks to this they have set up a wide cooperation in professional companies of the region with the latest technologies. The topics related to product, packaging, graphic, as well as interior and exterior design that students encounter during their studies evolve in parallel with the overall direction of contemporary design.
Thus, the students of Applied Chemistry with its four specializations, Analytical Chemistry, Pharmaceutical Substances, Environmental Protection and now Nanotechnology and Polymers, and the students of Glass and Silicate Technology, have, under one roof, not only their modern laboratories but also the practical processes of glass processing at their disposal, which is why, in our glass school, we apply the theory to practice and practice to theory. Our school is the only one in the Liberec region where it is possible to study both these specific disciplines. By combining all four disciplines and professional teachers working in one school, a unique environment for the upcoming field of Glass and Silicate Restoration is created.
The school is responding to the increased need for the use of digital technologies in teaching, especially computer graphics, 2D and 3D visualisation. Every year, students participate in professional practices in companies, glass workshops and present their school work at prestigious exhibitions, fairs and design competitions in the Czech Republic and abroad. In this area, the school has long achieved considerable success (Student Design, Master of Crystal, Made in Jablonec, Craft and Art in Glass Nový Bor, Design-S Brno, Talente Munich, Frauenau Summer School). We can boast many distinguished graduates, teachers and school directors. We have a high employability of graduates on the labour market and in the continuation at universities (VŠCHT, VŠUP, TUL, UP, UK, UJEP). We have facultative cooperation or memoranda with many partners (Preciosa, Moser, Detesk, Steinel, Desko, Polpur, Technosklo, ACL Holding, Crytur, Elmarco).
Every year the school co-organizes with the town of Železný Brod the traditional Glass Town Fair and the Summer Glass Workshop Symposium with international participation of glass artists. On the third weekend in September, the school building belongs to a student demonstration of crafts with workshops for children and adults.
Our school is a traditional supplier of many important awards designed by students (Golden Crown, Monument of the Year, Karel Hubáček Award for Architecture, Award of the Czech Academy of Visual Arts Prague).
An annual exhibition of student work in the school building during the main summer holidays makes new additions of student art artefacts available to visitors. Selected works can be purchased in the school shop.