Jiri Harcuba

Jiri Harcuba

Glass art


* December 6, 1928 at Harrachov in a glassmakers family
† June 26, 2013

1942-45 Apprenticeship as a glass engraver in a glass school at Harrachov glass factory
1945-48 Graduated from Special Secondary Glass School at Novy Bor (specialised in engraving at Prof. K. Hrodek's class)
1948 He studies as an external student at the Pedagogical Faculty of Palackeho University in Olomouc (summer semester)
1948-49 Working as engraver at the "Art Glass" factory at Novy Bor
1949-57 Academy of Applied Arts in Prague (at Prof. Karel Sipl's studio of supplied sculpturing and glyptic)
First portraits of his family members in plaster and sandstone
Designs of engraved glass for Creative Center
Objects for world exhibitions (EXPO '58, Brussels)
1957-58 Working together with Prof. Sipl on an engraved glass pillar for EXPO 58 in Brussels
1956-61 Post graduate studies at Prof. Sipl's studio in Prague
1961-71 Teaching at the Academy of Applied Arts in Prague
1971-78 Working as a free lance artist in the field of glass, medals, coins and free sculpture
1980 Participates in the international conference of crafts in Vienna -shows glass engraving and lectures on Czech artistic glass
Glass engravings: E. Destinova, K. H. Macha, J. Zrzavy, S. Rath, J. H. Pastallozzi, B. Smetana, A. Einstein...
1981 He becomes a member of CSVU (Association of Czechoslovak Artists)
Engraved glass: P. Gaugin, J. Hus, A. Dürer, C. Perez, L. Beethoven, M. Chagall, A. Schweitzer, Primavera, J. Hasek, Gandhi, H. Ch. Andersen
Bronze medals: K. Havlicek, A. Dürer, H. Ch. Andersen
Coins: E. Destinová
Engraved intaglia: H. Kersten, R. Kersten
1982 Engraved figural glass filling 1,20 x 3 m
Engraved glass: J. Horejc, S. Rath, D. Bimann
Bronze medal: Vl. Preclik
1983 Conference Glassart Society Tuscon, Arizona
Teaching at California College in Oakland
Lecturing and demonstrating at Rochester Institute of Technology in Tuscon, Seattle and Los Angeles
1984 Lecturing on medal making at Penntate University, USA, Californian College of Art in Oakland and at Californian Polytechnic University
Portrait engravings: A. Dvorak, F. Kafka, N. Paganiny, J. Neruda
1985 Visiting professor at Glassart Academy in Baden and Pilchuck Glass Summer School
Portrait engravings: J. S. Bach, G. F. Händel, R. Strauss, F. Schubert, ...
1986 Teaching glass engraving at Pilchuk Glass Summer School, State University - Ken/Ohio, University of Illinois, Eastern University of Connecticut, Rhode Island School of Design / Providence, Yale University
He finishes a series of portrait medals of glassmakers: K. Fujita, S. Valken, Kugler, F. Linggard, H. Littleton, D. Chihuly.
J. Baez, B. Streisand, K. Rogers, D. Ross - for individual exhibition in Los Angeles
Portrait of Prof. S. Libensky in engraved glass
1987 teaching engraved glass at Pilchuck School, lecturing at the FIDEM Congress in Colorado Springs
1988 Pilchuck Glass Summer School, U.S.A.
Bratt Center of Art, Seattle, U.S.A.
3rd International Glass Symposium at Novy Bor
1989 Pilchuck Glass Summer School, U.S.A.
University of Bakersfield, California
1991 President Vaclav Havel appoints Jiri Harcuba the President of Academy of Applied Arts in Prague
1992 Visit to Tokyo on special invitation of Japan Foundation and later Kamakura, Kyoto, Narra, Nagoya, Horishima
1997 He is founding Dominik Bimann Society and School, CZ
Visiting professor at the University of Sunderland, GB
Invited to invent a programme of engraved glass in "Studio of Corning Museum of Glass", U.S.A.
1998 Chief of Engraved Glass department in Studio Corning, U.S.A.
1999 Teaching engraved glass in Pilchuck, U.S.A.
Teaching engraved glass at Studio of the Corning Museum of Glass in Corning, U.S.A.
Shooting a video tape for the studio
2001 Founded of Dominik Biman School (in Harrachov, Czech republic, the birth place of the famoust engraver / 1800-1857). D.B.School is travelling every year to different art schools with equipment for glass or steel - engraving. The aim is to show a traditional difficult craft in technical easy way, using the tools for individual statements.

2001 - Glass-Works N+S, Harrachov
2002 - Glass School, Kamenickı ©enov
2003 - Bild-Work, Frauenau
2004 - School of Steel - engraving, Jablonec nad Nisou
2005 - School of Metal-working, Neugablonz
2006 - Glass School, Kamenickı ©enov
2007 - Glass-School, Rheinbach