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Brilliant by Design

Czech glass and porcelain

Czech glass and porcelain are ranking among the Czech Republic’s most successful exports. A long manufacturing tradition has contributed to their current high quality and artistic excellence.

Since the mid-19th century, when showcasing their products at exhibitions around the world, Czech glass manufacturers have used designs by academically trained artists. Nowadays, artists and designers are an integral part of the entire manufacturing process.

Czech glass and porcelain products owe part of their worldwide success to the designers’ willingness to push the boundaries of what is technically possible. 

"Czech glass and porcelain maintain excellent worldwide reputation and we are glad to help in presenting high quality of design and manufacture. In Belgium, Czech glass is not unknown and I expect big interest in the exhibition in the Design Museum Gent, which has a lot of Czech works in its permanent collection," said Kristina Prunerová, director of the Czech Centre in Brussels.

The exhibition presents designer glass and porcelain made by contemporary Czech companies. Specifically, it aims to emphasize the continuity of glass and porcelain production by selecting successful, timeless examples from the past 100 years. The historical aspect is represented by photographs; visitors can thus see each contemporary piece in the context of the evolution of Czech glass and porcelain production, with references to period design icons as well as their specific manufacturing technology.

The curator of the exhibition is Petr Nový, the main curator of the Museum of Glass and Jewellery in Jablonec nad Nisou. The architect of the exhibition is the famous Olgoj Chorchoj studio.