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Račková Ingrid and Suchopárek David (studio IRDS)

Račková Ingrid * 1975, Liptovský Mikuláš, Slovakia
Suchopárek David * 1973, Rakovník, Czech Republic

Račková Ingrid

Education

1993-1999 Academy of Applied Arts, Prague, Prof. V. Kopecký

1995 Summer School, Belle-Ille in Meer, France

Life and creative partners working under the IRDS brand. Glass artists who have been collaborating with the Moser Glassworks especially on unique large cut and bonded vases in limited editions for many years.

Suchopárek David

Education

1993 – 1999 Academy of Applied Arts, Prague, Prof. M. Karel

1996 Study stay at the Pilchuck Glass School, USA

INTERVIEW WITH DESIGNERS

GLASS IN ARCHITECTURE

You have been cooperating with the Moser Glassworks since 1998. From designing various table sets you are lately gradually involved in creating more complex crystal exhibits standing on the edge of architecture. Where are you getting inspiration to give birth to such a demanding work?

Sometime inspiration is influenced by impulsive, external perceptions - nature, exhibition or even by an old and beautiful range of Moser crystal, at other times, by perceptions stored internally that accumulate, wrap and mature over time.

Can you describe how many months worth of work is involved to prepare Etheric Vase and Par Excellence sculpture and how the process takes place?

It was about a year in the classic sequence: the idea, sketch, model, prototype, correction, production. Some phases were more complex –with the Etheric Vase it was a link of artistic vision with  variable effectiveness for many kinds of flowers and with Par Excellence, the most difficult was the discovery of structures and relations of cutting into a harmony of colour blending.

The vase called Feature from the new collection of Moser 2013 builds on your previous broadminded exhibits Etheric and Par Excellence. These objects are on the border of architecture and with their parameters clearly dominate interiors. Do you have an idea of the perfect place for your objects?

The ideal place is one that gives them space to become dominant. It’s not about big or small spaces, private or showcase venues, historic or modern. It’s about the feeling and taste of each owner.

The geometry of your work speaks out clearly. Where do you feel most at home in glass design?

Our connection with it. The edges are generous and visibly precise, perfectly constructed. The composition is arranged, well reproducible, the clear shape of its silhouette and the optics of its clean colourful vistas will amaze you.

Your objects draw on the possibilities of the Moser colour palette. How are these colours inspiring for you?

Working with colours is difficult. They are like the senses or even personalities. Not everything goes with everything to make the shape and colour resonate with the essence that you intend and with the tone of the object. This can be seen in the colour variations of Feature. Although both colours blend together, each has a different charisma.

Working with colours is difficult. They are like the senses or even personalities.

What do you think about developments in the Czech glass industry?

Development is actually natural. As in every field, it’s a complicated organism, where many parts need each other and are vitally dependent on each other. It depends on the people, their skills, motivation and goals. Long-term economic success cannot be guaranteed and the only thing you have to manage is the honest cooperation and approach of many talents, having the manufacturing, commercial, marketing side all worked out, and, above all, economically viable artistic invention, which, in the appropriate quality, can help Czech glass compete with other manufacturers, as well as with other sectors.

What is the most important for your working with design?

All production processes are inspiring and adventurous. But most importantly an initial idea - a vision that gradually develops and connects with options of given technology.

How did you start working with glass?

Perhaps it was a coincidence that we found ourselves in a certain time, place and space that we wanted. Specifically, the Academy of Fine Arts in the glass studio of Vladimír Kopecký and Glass in Architecture of Marian Karel.

Do you have a dream or a goal, where would you like to get the glass?

We work long term, we develop ourselves, we look for possible boundaries and so humbly wish to persevere, to improve and still to emerge.

On behalf of Moser we wish authors much success and look forward to further inspiring cooperation.

The editor's office of Fresh From Moser Magazine, 2012, 2013