The glass sculptures of Miloslav Janků for Železný Brod sklo

04. 06. 2019, 17:30
Miloslav Janků was born on April 4, 1916 in Úpice, Semily and lived there from eleven to sixty years old, when he moved to Železný Brod.
From 1931 to 1934 he attended glass school in the glass painting and etching department of Professor Zdeněk Juna. After graduating he was accepted to the State School of Applied Arts in Prague, where from 1934 to 1939 he studied at the studio of Professor František Kysela.  Professor Juna left the glass school because he became the director of the jewelery school in Turnov. He recommended his pupil, and now a graduate of the Arts and Crafts School, as his successor.
Janků stayed at the school until 1952, when he had to leave for political reasons.
In 1956 he became an employee of Železný Brod glass. Until 1963 he designed decors for the company's painted glass center. When it was canceled, he became a designer of glass figures. First, he designed the wound figures and tried to give them different content by taking advantage of the intimate knowledge of nature. He was also interested in blown figures. Not many of them were produced, but the best-oriented glassmakers, collaborators of Professor Brychta, quickly realized his ideas about them. Janků became, in addition to Brychta, the most individual artist-interpreter of this glassmaking technique.

After retiring in 1976 he left Železnobrodský glass, but some figures and sculptures were made according to his designs until the early 1990s.
His creations are sought after the world over. Janků did not sign his pieces and many have had etched signatures added later or are reproductions.


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