ISGNE Glass Lives Film : Czech Republic


Glass Lives visits Novotný Glass Studio, located in the heart of Nový, Czech Repbublic to meet with craftsmen Petr Novotný and Ondřej Novotný to explore the human relationship with glass making and material and discuss what the future holds for European Glass.


A North Lands Creative Production made possible with support from Creative Europe & Creative Scotland In Partnership with – ISGNE, Glass Point, NCAD, Berlin Glas Ev. With Special Thanks to Alberto Lago, Salviati Furnace, Venice. Director : Thomas Hogben. Animation & Post Production : Prickly Thistle Video

Ondřej Novotný

Born and raised in Novy Bor, a glass town in the Czech Republic.

Novotny has been surrounded by glass his whole life. His father, Petr Novotny, had a glassblowing studio in the family home. Novotny has been blowing glass since joining the school in Novy Bor in 1999.
After finishing his studies, he has travelled the world to absorb and learn as much as he can.
Novotny has spent several years in the Netherlands working as a freelancer at the Nationaal
Glasmuseum and has also worked in his father’s company Ajeto.

Since 2009 he has also assisted Martin Janecky with his personal work and teaching. Most recently Novotny is working in the family business, a glass production studio called Novotny Glass Centre in Novy Bor.

glass lives 2020

Glass Lives explores the human relationship with glass making and material. Uncovering some of the exceptional European master artisans using long-held traditions, skills and knowledge.


Glass Lives celebrates the visionary embodiment of both creativity and craftsmanship by European master artisans at the highest level of excellence. Supported by the EU Creative Europe Programme, collaboration lies at the heart of what the ISGNE network represents, encouraging exchange and fostering a sense of building a stronger glass community.

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