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A GL ASS CU T T ER ‘S WO R K S H O P text: Adéla Kudrnová | styling: SOFFA | photo: Lina Németh

WHEN WE WERE THINKING ABOUT PRESENTING GLASS AS A MATERIAL IN AN INTERESTING WAY, WE CHOSE TO GIVE YOU VÍT MAJOR, A GLASS CUTTER FROM NOVÝ BOR. COME WITH US INTO HIS WORKSHOP AND PEEK UNDER THE VEIL OF SECRETS OF THIS BEAUTIFUL, YET DEMANDING, CRAFT. LET YOURSELF BE CARRIED AWAY BY HIS FASCINATING STORY! Vít’s workshop in Nový Bor is the birthplace to many beautifully cut vases, glasses, chandeliers and other luxurious products crafted for various palaces and VIP clients. Nevertheless, Vít Major, the maker of such beauty remains a humble artist loyal to the craft’s tradition. He is a successor to the family tradition of Czech crystal glass cutters, which was founded by Václav Major in the 19th century. Vít opened his own workshop in 1991. The beginnings were not easy but thanks to his skills and hard work the most important clients, such as the Viennese Lobmeyr company and the Foundation for restoration of Prussian and Bavarian castles and chateaus found their way to his work. At the present Vít predominantly works for these big clients. However, he manages to find some time for his own authentic work; he also focuses on utility glass, for which he was given several design awards. We talked with Vít about his craft and glass as such: ►

LEFT: The prefabricates are all over Vít’s place: even in the garden.

SOFFA 05 / MATERIALS, English edition  

ISSUE 05: MATERIALS |SOFFA: The first Czech slow living magazine | Order the printed issues and an annual subscription at www.soffamag.com |...

SOFFA 05 / MATERIALS, English edition  

ISSUE 05: MATERIALS |SOFFA: The first Czech slow living magazine | Order the printed issues and an annual subscription at www.soffamag.com |...