Lachezar Dochev


Lachezar Dochev is one of the few glass artists in Bulgaria. Wishing to work in this barely known field of the Arts he received his education in the Latvian Academy of Arts graduating the 2 available master studios: stained glass and 2 dimensional decoration; and glass design & sculpture. After 7 years of education in 1999 returns home where his studio is already known. Among the many commissions he has completed in his country are a subsidiary of the Bulgarian National Bank and a church from 17 century – a National Cultural Heritage. In 2003 receives a full scholarship for M. Gaudet’s class at Pilchuck Glass School and in 2004 another full scholarship for R. Posner’s class in North Lands Creative Glass in Scotland. Same year is a TA for the first time – for J. Walentynovicz at Pilchuck, and 2005 TA for M. Gaudet at Pilchuck again. In February 2005 teaches his own workshop at Richmond College in London followed by demonstrations in other schools in the UK. Participates in international glass events – symposiums, festivals, demonstrations, etc… all around Europe, along with solo and group exhibitions. In October 2003 wins the award for best young artist at the WERU competition in Rudersberg, Germany and 2 years later takes the 1st prize at the same competition. Co-organizer of the first International Festival of Glass in Bulgaria – October, 2010. His works are part of the permanent collections of Bulgarian Culture Institutes in Wien and Prague and the Museum of Glass in Riga as well as in other public and private collections in Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Estonia, France, Germany, Latvia, Luxembourg, Russia, Sweden, Ukraine, UK, USA. Member of GAS, Just-Glass and Chairman of Bulgarian Art Glass Foundation.


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