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© Jiri Koudelka - Javstudio
© Jiri Koudelka - Javstudio
© Jiri Koudelka - Javstudio
© Jiri Koudelka - Javstudio

Vladimír Klein

  • Glass sculptor
  • Nový Bor, Czech Republic
  • Master Artisan
Vladimír Klein Glass sculptor
Contact
Czech, English, Japanese, Russian
Hours:
By appointment only
Phone:
+420 606420021
© Jiri Koudelka - Javstudio

Adventures in glass

  • • Vladimír's father wanted him to be an architect
  • • He became the director of the school he studied at
  • • He regularly teaches all around the world

Many years ago, a young football player visited a house near the pitch at half-time, wanting to clean himself up. Fascinated by the artworks and art books on display there, he never returned to finish the match. A student of a glass school lived in the house and inspired the young Vladimír Klein to study there too. This marked the start of a love for glassmaking that has since won Vladimír myriad awards, enabled him to teach and above all given him a lifelong muse. "There's no other material that allows you to express abstract themes so well. With its glitter, transparency, reflections and other specific luminescent traits, you can materialise the immaterial," he says. The unique design of his unearthly sculptures and functional products prove this to be so.

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Works

  • © Vladimir Klein
  • © Jiri Koudelka
  • © Jiri Koudelka
  • © Jiri Koudelka
  • © Jiri Koudelka
Photo: © Vladimir Klein
Red Vessel

This sculptural vessel was blown, cut and polished by hand. The piece was then chipped with a unique technique developed by Vladimír himself, which involves the use of a hammer and chisel. Two types of coloured glass, amber and gold ruby, were overlaid to achieve this luminous red.

Diameter 20 cm

Photo: © Jiri Koudelka
Tsunami

This sculpture was created with optical glass, cut using water jet technology, polished and engraved. It was inspired by Vladimír’s experience of the 1993 tsunami in Japan.

Height 33 cm
Width 44 cm
Depth 15 cm

Photo: © Jiri Koudelka
Violet Seashell

This sculpture was created by combining two distinct parts, whose waves were achieved using abrasive powder. The piece was then chipped with a unique technique developed by Vladimír himself, which involves the use of a hammer and chisel. Rough textures and perfectly polished surfaces were intentionally mixed, resulting in attractive light and shadow effects.

Height 38 cm
Width 52 cm
Depth 7 cm

Photo: © Jiri Koudelka
Namida / Tear

This astonishing sculpture was carved from a single block of optical glass. The piece was then polished and engraved using Vladimír's special method. He intentionally combined rough textures and perfectly polished surfaces, resulting in attractive light and shadow effects.

Height 66 cm
Width 30 cm
Depth 30 cm

Photo: © Jiri Koudelka
Fallen Flower

The Fallen Flower sculpture was made with slumped flat glass, which was cut and polished. The piece was then chipped using a unique technique developed by Vladimír itself, which involves the use of a hammer and chisel.

Height 70 cm
Width 45 cm
Depth 30 cm

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