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Jan Frydrych

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Frydrych's optical glass sculpture.

Jan Frydrych (10.9.1953, Šumperk, The Czech Republic), is a Czech glass artist who sculpts using optical glass.[1]

Early life and education[edit]

Frydrych grew up in Šluknov, a Czech town in Northern Bohemia notable for its glassmaking. He gained his glass education in Nový Bor and also during his longterm cooperation with Václav Cigler and Stanislav Libenský. During his career he also has taught in glass schools in France, Japan and the United States.[2][not in citation given]

Artistic career[edit]

His first designs of artistic objects were created under the influence of the history of Czech glass. Using designs for creations of the late 1970s, he started to use optical glass. This material required a different technical approach, which combined traditional techniques of cold grinding with techniques of handling optical glass for technical purposes.[3]

In last years Frydrych also creates custom chronometers. These are made of the same optical glass used by the Hubble telescope.[4] In 2017 Jan Frydrych teamed with Thomas Mercer company to create an exclusive range of marine and table chronometers.[5]

Mr. Jan Frydrych's optical glass sculpture.

Work in architecture, exhibitions, collections[edit]

Frydrych’s artworks, some of which were created with other Czech glass artists such as Bořek Šípek, Václav Cígler, René Roubíček, and Ivo Rozsypal, have been exhibited in Florence, Hamburg, and Winchester Cathedral in the United Kingdom.[citation needed] In the Czech Republic Frydrych created a glass cross, which is part of New church in Litomyšl city. A large prism consisting of ten layers of special plate glass, with their edges grinded and polished, was used to create this cross.[6]

He has also carried out solo and collective exhibitions in Studio Glass Gallery, London,[not in citation given] Gallery Chapelotte, Luxembourg,[not in citation given] Chappell Gallery, New York, Art Basel Miami, Superyacht Design Week London, Monaco Yacht Show, Dubai International Boat Show in Marine art gallery,[7] and at the Qatar International Boat Show.[citation needed] His works are in the collections of UMPRUM museum in Prague,[not in citation given] Czech Republic and at the Mobile Museum of Art in Alabama, United States.[not in citation given]


  • 1999 for "artistic activity" Award Masaryk´s Academy of Art[citation needed]
  • 2000 for "art glass artist" Award Aliance´s Salvador Dalí[8][dubious ]


  1. "Jan Frydrych's Opticality". TLmagazine. 2019-07-08. Retrieved 1 June 2021.
  2. "Jan Frydrych english". Retrieved 2017-02-13.
  3. "Crystal Caviar: a new frontier of crystal art - The Art Collector". The Art Collector. 2017-03-20. Retrieved 2017-03-24.
  4. "Chronometer by Jan Frydrych – Art Views". Retrieved 2017-02-23.
  5. "Thomas Mercer to Unveil Glass Chronometers at MYS". Retrieved 2017-09-26.
  6. "Unikátní skleněný kříž zdobí střechu nového kostela". Svitavský deník (in čeština). 2010-11-19. Retrieved 2017-03-01.
  7. "Crystal Caviar will present the best sea inspired crystal sculptures at Dubai International Boat Show 2018 -". 2018-02-23. Retrieved 1 June 2021.
  8. "Jan Frydrych | Continental Art Fair". Archived from the original on 2016-11-25. Retrieved 2017-02-14. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)

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