On July 11, 2020 we visited the Studio of Czech Glass artist Martin Janecky.
Martin Janecký began his career with glass at the age of 13 and later explored sculpting methods in the Czech Republic. By the time he was 20, he was employed by leading artists and designers around the world to assist and to execute specific works. Janecký teaches and demonstrates around the world, including at The Studio.
In March 2016, Janecký worked at The Studio as an Artist-in-Residence, during which time he experimented with opaline glass made at The Studio to further his figurative sculptural work. Following the residency, he spent a week as a Guest Artist in the Amphitheater Hot Shop, and created a body of work inspired by the Mexican holiday Día de Los Muertos (the Day of the Dead). “Día de los Muertos has been haunting me for quite a while,” Janecký said. “On my first trip to Mexico City, I fell in love with the culture and people, and it left me with huge inspiration.
Last fall, he traveled again to Mexico City to experience the Day of the Dead and study Mexican folk art. In February and March of 2017, Janecký returned to The Studio as an Artist-In-Residence to further explore this work, attempting to translate his fascination with the Mexican celebration into glass. The work was exhibited in Mexico City on the Day of the Dead in fall 2017.