Master Glassblower Emil Kováč started his career in the Czech glass industry in the eighties, after years of extensive training at the renowned Novy Bor Glass school.
Emil worked as a freelance glassmaker for a decade before starting to develop his own work and his style within glass designs.
The opportunity to develop his own set of aesthetics presented itself in the year 2000, in the form of an annual collaboration project with the National Glass Museum in Leerdam, the Netherlands. Emil has continued to work as a freelance maker for the Czech glass industry and the National glass museum in Holland ever since. In the meantime he has been involved in helping to set up several different community-glass studio-projects in South Africa and also taught design basics at Technicum in Pretoria..
Emils glass is very ubiquitous, the influences from Africa are ever present as well as his drive to combine these influences with the techniques he has learned over time, travelling the world of glass. Simple yet strong statement pieces are Emils forte.
His work balances the colourful and volatile temperament of Africa with the inherent qualities of Czech glass designs.