František Janák (born 1951 in Havlíckuv Brod,
Czechoslovakia) is a Czech glass artist. He creates glass sculptures and
commission works, and also does series production design for different
Janák completed his apprenticeship in glass cutting at the Bohemia
Glassworks, Czech's biggest producer of hand cut lead crystal. He followed
with studies at the Secondary School of Glassmaking in Kamenický
Šenov, the oldest glass school in the world (founded 1856). From
1971-72 he was head master at the Bohemia Glassworks school, followed
by three years as a glass cutter at the Co-op Výtvarná remesla
in Prague. From 1975-81 Janák studied at the Academy of Applied
Arts in Prague under Prof. Stanislav Libenský.
In 1981, Janák opened his own studio in Dolní Mesto. From
1985 to 1988 he was a glass designer at the Institute of Interior and
Fashion Design - ÚBOK Prague. From 1989 to 1993 he was again a
free-lance glass artist at his own studio, this time in Prague. From 1993-95
he was a glass designer at the LINEA-ÚBOK in Prague.
to 1997 Janák was a visiting professor at the Toyama Institute
of Glass Art in Toyama (TIGA), Japan. In 1997, he returned to his studio
in Prague. In 1998, he was appointed Professor at the Secondary School
of Glassmaking in Kamenický Šenov. In 2000-01, he was visiting
assistant professor at the Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester,
New York, USA.
Since 2003, Janák has been a professor at the Secondary School
of Glassmaking in Kamenický Šenov and is leader of the school's
section of glass cutting.
His art is included in museums throughout the world, including Glass Museum,
Ebeltoft, Denmark; Ulster Museum, Belfast, Northern Ireland; Finnish Glass
Museum, Riihimäki, Finland; Rippl Ronai Museum. Káposvár,
Hungary; Museum of Modern Art, Düsseldorf, Germany; the collection
of the city Toyama, Japan; and Museum of Glass, Tacoma, Washington, USA.
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