How have you mastered so many different glass techniques?
My father was an excellent glass cutter with a workshop at home, and I also had ten years' education at the Secondary School of Glassmaking and in the glass department of the Academy of Arts, Architecture and Design in Prague, where I was lucky to get the most excellent teachers.
How is glassmaking linked to your homeland?
Bohemian glass has a century-long tradition here, with glass cutting one of the most typical decoration techniques. In the Bohemian-Moravian Highlands, where my family comes from, the so-called trihedron shape is something very special.
© Milan Krajíček
How do you harness these traditions?
I try to expand the morphology of cut glass as regards both shape and pattern. I modify the traditional geometrical, symmetric decoration. During the mould melting process, the liquid glass flows freely. Or the mould can be suspended from wires in the kiln, giving the final form a touch of fluidity.
What purpose does colour serve in your work?
The hue of the colour changes according to the amount of light penetrating through, and helps to underline the fine nuances of the structure according to the glass wall thickness, openings, etc.