I. Stanislav Libenský Award 2015 won Tami Ishida (Japan) – artwork Cups.

Although her cups seem to be traditional, by closer investigation we find out that they are composed by several historical and technological influences. To work with tradition is never easy, but the author successfully kept the reference to the tradition and nevertheless made something new. Her work is characterized by perfect technique and original colorfullness; we could feel nobleness and a spiritual energy from it.

Info about the piece and the author:
Born: 1975
Nationality: Japanese
School: University for the Creative Arts, Farnham, United Kingdom
Title: Cups
Technique: blown, cut, polished glass
Size: 7 pieces; the biggest piece: 7×7×7 cm

II. Stanislav Libenský Award 2015 won Walaa Hamza (Egypt) – artwork Time for Lunch.

This basket with fresh glass vegetable, presented in an ingenious way, is an ordinary but still absolutely unexpected artwork. Well-selected materials together with the pâte de verre technique create a perfect combination of the glass “taste” and an opportunity to tease the friends.

Info about the piece and the author:
Born: 1982
Nationality: Egyptian
School: Helwan University, Faculty of Applied Art, Cairo, Egypt
Title: Time for Lunch
Technique: pâte de verre
Size: 14×14×12 cm

III. Stanislav Libenský Award 2015 won Chieko Sasaki (Japan) – artwork Iridescent Clouds Dragon.

The dragon is a mythological creature and we have the same mythological feeling when we see this artwork. It is timeless, as if it came from the past and referred to the future at the same time. There is something panegyric in this work – it shows and also conveys the joy of the craft to all the others.

Info about the piece and the author:
Born: 1990
Nationality: Japanese
School: Toyama City Institute of Glass Art, Toyama, Japan
Title: Iridescent Clouds Dragon
Technique: blow, cold work, cut glass
Size: 60×60×40 cm