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Jabůrek Lukáš

Jabůrek Lukáš

*1983, Chomutov, Czech Republic

Glass artist and Art Director of Moser glassworks. The Winner of the "People's Choice Award for Czech Grand Design 2012" for the design of vases Pear and Kolorit He is a graduate of the Professional College of Glassmaking in Nový Bor and is a part of the youngest generation of glass artists, and he already has extensive experience working in the Czech Republic and abroad.

Education

1998 – 2002   Glass School in Nový Bor (glass cutting)
2002 – 2003   University of Plzeň (art education, German language)
2003 – 2006   Higher Glass School in Nový Bor (glass art)

Internships

2001 – 2002  Primary school in Česká Lípa
2002 – 2007  Netherlands (Glas Centrum Leerdam), glass technology, design and realization of art cut glass
2005              France (Les Cristalleries de Saint Louis), Saint Louis Glass Work,  glass cutting
2006              IGS, International Glass symposium, Nový Bor
2012              Ireland, Dublin, Waterford, cooperation with glass artist Róisín de Buitléar, lecture in National College of Art and Design Dublin

Realization

2009 – The project and realization of a present (glass cross) for pope Benedict XVI
2010 – The project and realization of a present (glass bible) for pope Benedict XVI

Exhibitions

2003 – St. Ignatius Church, Chomutov, CZE
2005 – Theatre of Nový Bor, CZE
2005 – Gallery Špejchar, Chomutov (solo exhibition), CZE
2006 – Gallery Gambit, Prague, CZE
2007 – Hotel Leonardo, Prague (solo installation in interior)
2007 – Gallery Gambit, Prague (solo exhibition)
2007 – Czech Centre, Brussels, Belgium
2008 – Gallery Raum, Emmendingen, Germany
2008 – Gallery Špejchar, Chomutov (solo exhibition), CZE
2009 – Ambiente Frankfurt am Main, Germany, design for Moser
2009 – Gallery Minea, Festival of Art Glass, Karlovy Vary, CZE
2009 – Sun Gallery Spa Resort Sanssouci, Karlovy Vary (solo exhibition), CZE
2010 – Maison et Objet Paris, France, design for Moser
2010 – Ambiente Frankfurt am Main, Germany, design for Moser
2010 – Czech Centre New York, USA, exhibition Czech Selection + Jacobs centre
2010 – Gallery Minea, Festival of Art Glass, Karlovy Vary, CZE
2010 – 100% Design London, Great Britain, Czech Selection
2010 – Designblok Praha, design for Moser, Prague, CZE
2010 – Czech Glass between tradition and innovation, Glazen Huis, Belgium
2011 – Ambiente Frankfurt am Main, Germany, design for Moser
2011 – Search of glass, Museum of Applied Arts, Prague, CZE
2011 – Glass artists from Nový Bor, gallery Moser, Prague, CZE
2011 – Gallery Minea, Festival of Art Glass, Karlovy Vary, CZE
2011 – Designblok Praha, Moser kolektion 2011, Prague, CZE
2012 – Maison & Objet, Paris, new design for Moser, France
2012 – Macef, Miláno, new design for Moser, Italy
2012 – Ambiente Frankfurt am Main, new glass collection and objects for Moser, Germany
2012 – Czech Centre New York, USA, Czech artist selection, Prague Festival
2012 – Gallery Minea, Festival of Art Glass, Karlovy Vary, CZE
2012 – Designblok Praha, Moser kolektion 2012, Prague, CZE

Awards

2004 –  Prize of Director of Academy of applied Arts in Světlá nad Sázavou for the best exhibit of  exhibition  SKLO, KÁMEN (GLASS, STONE)
2012 –  DESIGN PLUS, a crystal vase Ikebanos (L. Jabůrek for Moser) was selected by an expert committee Rates Design Plus Ambiente Fair in Frankfurt am Main in Germany between 2012 Trends
2012 –  GLETSCHERPRISE Glaskunstpreis 2012, Germany, 1st place award for the design of the bottle to snuff
2012 –  CZECH GRAND DESIGN AWARDS, Nomination 2012
2013 –  The Winner of the "People's Choice Award for Czech Grand Design 2012" for the design of vases Pear and Kolorit

Represented at

Museum of Applied Arts in Prague, Czech Republic, Art Glass gallery Chomutov, Czech Republic, Chateau Lemberk, Czech Republic, Forest Museum Zwiesel, Zwiesel, Germany and others public and private collections.

INTERVIEW WITH A DESIGNER LUKÁŠ JABŮREK

The original work of Lukáš Jabůrek, a young and talented artist who works as the artistic director of Moser, provides an excellent example of how new wind in the sails of design can help a renowned producer achieve significantly more promotion at home and abroad. At the same time, the dependable environment of the famous glassworks allows talented artists to create modern works that are enjoyed.

Czech Grand Design Awards were presented for the seventh time this year and you won the very prestigious “People’s Choice Award”. Is seven your lucky number?

No, thirteen is. It’s everywhere I go, my lucky number. For example, it’s the date of my wedding, the birthday of my wife Zuzka, our apartment number. I was sitting in the 13th row at the awards ceremony at the Estates Theatre and started to get suspicious when I got the number thirteen from the cloakroom.

There really must be something about thirteen, because we counted the number of perfectly crafted edges on your winning Pear vase and there are thirteen of them! How is a vase like Pear, and also the award winning vase Kolorit, made? Did you encounter any obstacles?

Production problems were always a constant even as I was constantly searching for the perfect shape for Kolorit in order to create beautiful combinations and transitions of our coloured glass. The Pear vase was limited by physical demands, because the glassmaker has 25 kg on the blowpipe and the glass cutter then has to whittle that down to 15 kg. But your reward is a massive diamond with sharply cut edges and deep shades. The interior certainly never fades, rather it becomes beautifully expressive.

Let us now proceed from your masterpieces back to your first artistic expressions. What were they and did your parents support you in your efforts?

My passion was putting together models, which I would then put on display everywhere in my room. My younger brother took immense pleasure in shooting at them with a pellet gun. That’s how we fought. My parents always gave me support and in the sixth grade they signed me up for Arts School, where I drew and modelled under the direction of Chomutov painter Ladislav Chabr.

So it was clear that you would become a glass artist?

Actually that was the last thing that was clear. I wanted to be an architect, but because I didn’t get along with math, I tried to apply for art school and therefore take a detour. I discovered working with glass after my arrival at the Secondary Glass Arts School in Nový Bor.

Did you ever have an idea to work with another material besides glass?

I worked with wood and metal, but glass is the most beautiful material for me because it’s transparent and has amazing optics. That always means something more, something that rewards you at the end of your work. Such properties have neither stone nor wood.

Glass is the most beautiful material for me because it’s transparent and has amazing optics. That always means something more, something that rewards you at the end of your work.

You work in a famous glassworks, you work with experienced masters, you have exceptional quality colours at your disposal, and reliable, proven technology from generations. Do you feel any responsibility not to mess up?

To work in Moser, in the position of artistic director no less, is a big challenge and at the same time a commitment for me. I got an amazing opportunity to create new lines for Moser Glassworks and have an impact on the company. It’s an opportunity I shall try to make the most of. It’s important to work with master glass workers, cutters, engravers and last but not least businessmen in order to achieve positive results. There is certainly nothing solo about it, rather common ideas and interests. I really appreciate people who completely master their craft and have a feeling for it. The work then goes by itself.

Is it a great advantage to be able to not only design a piece of work, but make it as well?

I have the advantage of being a cutter and being able to cut my first pieces alone, because then I can try out my ideas on them before they go into production.

Respect for producers and brands is usually limiting in some way for designers and their works. Not so in your case. Why is this?

I certainly have respect for the brand, but I don’t take it as limiting, quite the contrary. The 156-year history and tradition of the glassworks provides an incredible wealth of material to draw on, to combine and develop into other dimensions. Other ideas come from customers, dealers, and from fairs around the world we take part in. Take all of that and add a little piece of yourself and you get some interesting and desirable work.

Your works have a solitary character, no flashy luxury, rather real-life “high design”, which can either harmonize or excite interiors. Where do you find your inspiration?

My main inspiration comes from architecture, followed by different textures and patterns that can be transformed into crafted patterns. I like contrast, glass optics and various colour combinations. Cutting glass is sculpture for me, where I try to reflect my experience, ideas and some story in the glass.

Can you tell us what you look forward to when you start working?

I look forward to materializing other ideas that I accumulate on the table. As René Roubíček, a legend in Czech glass, says, with the completion of each work, you’re right back at the beginning again, because each finished work gives you new opportunities and ideas on how to do everything differently, how to take advantage of new knowledge.

The editor's office of Fresh From Moser Magazine, 2013