Martin Janecký, born 29 February 1980, began working with glass at the age of thirteen at his father’s factory in the Czech Republic. After graduating from the Glass School in Nový Bor he gained experiences in South Africa, Sweden, the Netherlands, and chiefly in the US, where he studied at the Pilchuck Glass School under Richard Royal and William Morris. It wasn’t long before Martin Janecký himself became a highly sought teacher in his field. He has been a visiting artist and instructor at various glass programs all over the world, such as The Studio of the Corning Museum of Glass, Pilchuck Glass School, Penland School of Craft, University of Toyama. Among his most recognized strengths is an ability to master the glass moulding technology of so-called blowing and sculpting “inside the bubble”, a technique used to create startling original works. Martin Janecky is considered to be one of the best glass sculptors working today. He has exhibited his artwork in galleries and museums all over the world.
“A fragmented recollection of inspiration, this film is a collage of texture and detail as we observe the extraordinary process of glass sculpture Martin Janecký.”
The Soul of A Statue was produced by North Lands Creative, as part of the UK in Japan 2019-20 bilateral campaign, a partnership between British Council Scotland and Creative Scotland.
The film was made in collaboration with Artist Martin Janecký and Filmmaker Thomas Hogben on residency at North Lands Creative. Supported by Toyama Institute of Glass Art and Toyama Glass Art Museum.
The Soul of a Staute premiered online as part of the “Glass, Meet the Future” Film Festival 2020 launching on the 3rd July 2020 running until the 17th July 2020.