domingo, 12 de octubre de 2008
Jan Kocian was captivated by glass from the moment he watched a glowing vessel emerge from a blazing kiln. In his native Czech Republic, he completed five years of formal study in traditional glass blowing, and further developed his skills in various European Studios.
Master Czech glassblower Petr Novotny has been a significant influence in Jan's career. The advice and knowledge that Petr imparted has inspired and guided Jan, and he has matured into a gifted glassblower himself.
Jan brings different techniques and experience to the New Zealand glassblowing community. He blows and sculpts his glass actively, standing rather than sitting at a table. He uses a range of wooden moulds to smoothly shape blown pieces and purpose built steel tools for sculpting.