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 Pavel Hlava  (1924 - 2003)

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Lived/Active: Czech Republic      Known for: contemporary design glass sculpture

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Pavel Hlava (1924 – 2003) was one of the pioneers of contemporary glass sculpture in the Czech Republic. He, along with other leading Czech glass artists, viewed glass art from an innovative perspective, creating a new genre of contemporary glass art.

Hlava is well-known for demonstrating the full potential of glass art using both cold-working and free-blowing techniques. Throughout his career, Hlava exhibited mainly in the United States and Japan. The Gerard L. Cafesjian Collection includes three of Hlava’s works.

In the early 1980s Mr. Hlava designed several sets which are still in use. In a Radio Prague program, it was reported that Hlava told an interviewer: "I was employed at the Institute of Interior and Clothes Design and I was assigned concrete tasks which I had - and liked to - fulfill. I myself was seeking orders which I felt would suit my style. Some time I worked free-lance, but then I realized it would be more convenient for me to get a permanent job. And it was at that institute that I started creating glass for everyday use, which I later developed a great love for."

Mr. Hlava explained that he, together with a friend who was employed at the CEDOK travel agency, visited restaurants and gave glassware samples to waiters for testing. Since Mr. Hlava knew that his glasses would be produced automatically, not by blowing each piece individually, he had to find out whether they were easy to make by machine, but the waiters also tested their functions - whether they were not too heavy, whether they were easy to wash etc. Only after thorough tests did Mr. Hlava send his designs to the glass-producing factory.

Sources:
Interview on Radio Prague, 2/9/2002
http://www.radio.cz/en/section/arts/masters-of-european-glass-exhibition-ekofilm-2002-festival-of-films-on-the-environment
Cafesjian Center for the Arts; http://www.cmf.am/Pavel-Hlava


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