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Tomáš Hlavička-Cube - Art Glass Object - Raspberry-HLV-CUBE-RASP Tomáš Hlavička-Cube - Art Glass Object - Raspberry-HLV-CUBE-RASP Tomáš Hlavička-Cube - Art Glass Object - Raspberry-HLV-CUBE-RASP Tomáš Hlavička-Cube - Art Glass Object - Raspberry-HLV-CUBE-RASP Tomáš Hlavička-Cube - Art Glass Object - Raspberry-HLV-CUBE-RASP

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Grown up Jell-O. This glass sculpture is deliciously serious yet whimsical. With a layer of raspberry red at the bottom, floating strands of pure silver and clear bubbles are simply chilling above. Unlike Jell-O you will not be able to "watch it wiggle." You will, however, enjoy the play of light as you see the textures of the silver and admire the glow that the red glass casts.

Tomáš Hlavička spent his youth drawing and painting, then chose to study architecture and interior design at the University of Architecture in Prague. Serendipitously though, he fell in love with the daughter of one of the greatest Bohemian glass artists Pavel Hlava. For the next fourteen years, Hlavička received and flourished in the ultimate "hands-on" glass education by apprenticing under Pavel Hlava, one of the founders of Czechoslovak School of Modern Glass. Utilizing the experience and craft that he acquired from Hlava, and expanding upon it with his own architectural background, Tomáš Hlavička is now known worldwide for his ability to fuse glass and metal into sculptural forms. Slumped, fused and cut glass with silver.

Art Glass Sculpture Details

Sculpture's Name: Cube in Raspberry
Sculpture Style: Contemporary Art Glass Sculpture
Type of Glass: Optical Glass
Glass Color: Raspberry Red
Glass Finish: Polished
Metal Accent: Pure Silver
Sculpture Dimensions: 10cm tall
16cm across
11cm deep
Markings: Signed and Dated by the Artist
Artist's Collection: Cubes
Artist's Edition: One of a Kind

Artist Details

Artist's Name: Tomáš Hlavička
Artist's Location: Czech Republic
Artist's Technique: Slumped, Cut and Fused

Tomáš Hlavička

How many legendary painters, writers, sculptors and poets would have gone unnoticed if it were not for the inspiration of their muse?  In the case of Tomáš Hlavička, had he not fallen in love he may never have created a single glass sculpture.

Born in Prague, Czechoslovakia in the autumn of 1950 Hlavička spent his youth drawing and painting. He was encouraged by his mother to become an artist, yet he decided to take a slightly different direction and began his study of architecture and interior design at the University of Architecture in Prague.

It was at the University that he met and fell in love, changing his artistic and professional life. ‘Even though I worked as an architect I was always attracted to the world of arts and crafts. However, fate has a way of playing with us all. And in my case the result was that I fell in love with a girl whose father was a glass artist named Pavel Hlava.’

For those not familiar with Pavel Hlava’s, in the world of art glass, this event would be akin to marrying the daughter of Pablo Picasso. Hlava, who died in 2003, was a groundbreaking sculptor and one of the founders of the Czechoslovak School of Modern Glass.  

For the next fourteen years Hlavička worked both as an architect/interior designer and as an apprentice to Hlava, playing an important part in the execution of his sculptures and learning how to work with the technical manipulation of glass. "I worked with Hlava for many years as an assistant. He had a large influence (technically speaking) on me. I did not study glass formally; today, I see that as a certain advantage.”

In 1990 Hlavička left his schooled profession and became a full time glass sculptor. He moved away from gluing metals into glass and began to fuse them. This evolved into the use of silver in his pieces, a metal not suitable for gluing.

His architectural training is evident in the precision of his work and his approach. He builds his rather than forming them in the traditional sense. He does not blow glass, he constructs with pieces of flat glass, fusing metals, cleaning, cutting, polishing and gluing the materials. ‘Glass art is hard work,’ he says. ‘There are many technologies and processes that are used.’

The longer one studies Hlavička’s works the more interesting they become. His unique style sets him apart as an artist of international distinction. There is a sense that something very special and ethereal has happened, turning cold glass and metal into objects which appear to so natural in living environments.  

Hlavička’s approach is romantic given his severe style. He describes himself as being ‘seduced’ by glass. ‘Glass is a beautiful material. It allows me to realize my goals, which are to combine art, design and craft… Shapes and colors unite with my feelings and inspirations and take form as my works.’ He believes that fate and love are part of his destiny. ‘The ideas come from nowhere. I do not arrive at them by concentrated thinking which was part of my profession as an architect was. Now, I allow muses to do the work.’



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