Józef Podlasek

J. Podlasek, 1990s, “Zawiercie” Household Glass Glassworks, collections/photo: The Leszek Dutka Old Bathhouse Gallery in Zawiercie

Podlasek was one of those exceptional designers sometimes still trying his skills in engraving. In Zawiercie, his best utility sets were also created, unfortunately rarely realised as ensembles.

The artist used antico glass with a slightly different technique than that from Szczytno. The air bubbles in the bubble effect of the glass were less dense and the colour was enriched with delicate brown streaks, which, especially when combined with intense amber, produced satisfactory results.

Professor Paweł Banaś, Polskie Współczesne Szkło Artystyczne (Polish Contemporary Glass), 1982

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J. Podlasek, a set of decorative forms – glasses, 1963, Art Documentation Centre of the Academy of Fine Arts E. Geppert in Wrocław, photo: K. Pachurka
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J. Podlasek, 1990s, “Zawiercie” Household Glass Glassworks, collections/photo: The Leszek Dutka Old Bathhouse Gallery in Zawiercie
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J. Podlasek, vase and glass, 1977; vase, 1978, collections: Schoen Palace Museum in Sosnowiec, photo: P. Więcławek
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J. Podlasek, 1990s, “Zawiercie” Household Glass Glassworks, collections/photo: The Leszek Dutka Old Bathhouse Gallery in Zawiercie

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Lived from 1934–1995. Graduated from the Faculty of Ceramics and Glass at the Academy of Fine Arts in Wrocław (now the E. Geppert Academy of Art and Design), in the studio of Professor Stanisław Dawski, 1963.

Designer of utility glass at the “Violetta” Crystal Glassworks in Stronie Śląskie – created designs for soda glasses as well as patterns and lead glass engraving, 1963–1967. Designer, and later head of the Design Department at the “Zawiercie” Glassworks, 1967–1995.

Winner of the main prize in the national competition for designs of household glass decorations, Warsaw, 1969. He participated in many collective exhibitions in Poland and abroad. His works are in museum and private collections, including: the National Museum in Wrocław, the National Museum in Kraków, the Schoen palace Musuem in Sosnowiec, the Museum in Gliwice, and the Copper Museum in Legnica.