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Glass Studio Visiting Artist: Martin Janecky

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Martin Janecky's father was a technician in a glass factory, and even though what was being produced was completely functional, dishware and vases and things, he found something mesmerizing about molten glass. No surprise he started blowing glass when he was just 13.

Early on, he did whatever jobs necessary just to be around the glassmakers. His focus was on learning techniques because he knew that down the road, he didn't want to make to vases. He wanted to make sculptures.

Has he ever.

His Facebook page includes incredible examples of his human figures. This native of the Czech Republic is rapidly making a name for himself as both an artist and as an instructor. Recent American teaching stints include the Corning Museum of Glass, Toledo Museum of Art, Pilchuck Glass School and the Penland School of Crafts, NC. International teaching stints include stops in Holland, Turkey, Japan, and India.

Janecky is currently based in Fairbanks, Alaska.