Pavel Hlava (1924 – 2003) was a Czech artist and glassware designer. He was best known for his cut and engraved glass. Hlava enhanced a number of innovative technologies, both in terms of conception and manufacturing. These featured melted silver leaf and other materials, as well as skeleton moulds for shaping glass.
Between 1939 – 1942 studied at the School of Glassmaking, Železny Brod and between 1943 – 1948 College of Applied Arts, Prague.
He designed numerous glass tableware items and a range of domestic cuts. He engraved glass items in which he employed a wide range of colours.
Between 1952—58, was associated with Art Center for Glass Industry, Prague. From 1958, he was associated with Institute for Interior and Fashion Design. From 1969, he designed glass tableware for the Rosenthal Studio Line. In the 1980s, he was active in designing large-scale abstract decorative glass objects.
In 1982, he organised the first international glass symposium at the Crystalex factory in Novy Bor with Stanislav Libensky. They planned it as a working symposium to emphasise the artistic aspects of glass blowing.
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