Lhotský s. r. o.

WHY US

We follow in the tradition of cast glass sculpture in Železný Brod, which dates back to the 1950s. We are proud of the high qulity of local craftsmanship and continue to work in the spirit of the studio’s founders Stanislav Libenský and Jaroslava Brychtová. Under the leadership of their successor and the studio’s current owner, Zdeněk Lhotský, we continue to push the boundaries of what can be done with skill and quality craftsmanship.

We make your visions reality with the highest level of craftsmanship.

WHAT WE DO

Our products combine traditional artisanal production with creativity and new working methods.

We have a team of experienced glass technologists, form makers, and polishers. We work on unique projects and contribute significantly to expanding the possibilities of glass art and design.

Our main focus is on large-scale glass sculptures, artistic architectural elements, and original works of art by Zdeněk Lhotský – www.zdenek-lhotsky.com.

We can realize your project from initial consultation all the way to manufacture and, if desired, installation. The scope of our involvement is up to you.

HOW WE ARE DIFFERENT

Monumental cast glass sculpture

We carry on the tradition of cast glass sculpture in Bohemia. By combining our artisans’ skills and creativity with innovative approaches, we produce unconventional solutions that go beyond the ordinary and predictable.

We are drawn to new ideas, many of which lead to the use of unconventional methods and technologies and push the established limits of production.

We approach each idea and project individually.

HISTORY OF THE STUDIO

At EXPO 58 in Brussels, hundreds of thousands of people admired the original glass objects on display in the Czechoslovak pavilion. One of these works was a panel with colored glass stones decorated with animal motifs. This work by the artistic duo of Libenský – Brychtová was made using the cast glass technique at the state-owned Železnobrodské Sklo company. It was the first time that these two artists showed the world, in a work of purely modern artistic stylization, that cast glass could be used for large-scale objects as well.

The next big success for glass art in Czechoslovakia was at EXPO 70 in Osaka, Japan, where more than 10 million visitors could admire the largest glass work ever made, the 22-meter long The River of Life – again by the successful artistic duo of Libenský – Brychtová.

Over the course of several decades, the “Na Pelechově” workshop produced numerous monumental creations by Libenský and Brychtová – and later by other artists as well, in particular Libenský’s students from the Academy of Arts, Architecture, and Design in Prague.

After the Velvet Revolution in 1989, the new management of Železnobrodské Sklo decided to privatize the company.

In 1994, Zdeněk Lhotský became the cast glass studio’s new owner, manager, technologist, artistic director, and main artist.

Over the years, Lhotský has turned the studio into a highly professional specialized artistic facility that has produced unusual and technically demanding projects for a number of artists, including Karen LaMonte, Peter Bremers, Bjørn Nørgaard, Marc Newson, Faye Toogood, Howard Ben Tré, and Jaroslav Róna.

On top of commissioned works, the cast glass studio also produces Zdeněk Lhotský’s own artistic creations. Through the constant development of new technologies (Vitrucell) and its focus on technically demanding projects, the studio continues to shift the boundaries of what is possible, thus influencing the artistic production of the studio’s owner (for more on Zdeněk Lhotský, see here).