The mastermind behind Prasklo is Petra Švejdarová, a starting artist from Prague. Vases from Prasklo are a proof that unlikely combinations make for the best pairings. Made of glass and concrete – yes, we are talking cement here – these vases are somehow both elegant and raw. As if that wasn’t unusual enough, all the glass is recycled from old perfume flacons, alcohol bottles or light fixtures.Read more
MEET THE MAKER
Let us take you into the world of timeless objects, sustainability and the fascinating process of working with concrete. Welcome to the studio where old glass objects transformed into vases under the influence of Petra Švejdarová and her partner Klára Vaculíková.
WHAT WOULD YOUR AUTOBIOGRAPHY TITLE BE?
HOW DO YOU LIKE TO SPEND YOUR SUNDAY AFTERNOONS?
Ideally on a trip maybe in Kutná Hora or some other cultural beautiful place.
IF YOU COULD CHOOSE ONE PERSON TO SHOW YOU THEIR ARTISTIC SKILLS (in any sphere such as art, music, painting, glass, ceramics, architecture...), WHO WOULD IT BE AND WHY?
Magdaléna Jetelová - I would like to understand her inner processes why she does what she does Mi... Read more
Magdaléna Jetelová - I would like to understand her inner processes why she does what she does Michal Škoda - to experience how he gets depth into his minimalist works
WHAT OR WHO HAS INSPIRED YOU LATELY AND WHY?
That's a pretty similar question. Besides, I follow Jan Kaláb, for example, who inspires me with his verve, energy and also the ease with which he goes about his work. Or the sculptor Tereza Štětinová - I'm fascinated by her approach to working with stone.
WHAT MUSIC OR BOOKS ARE YOU LISTENING TO/READING THESE DAYS? WHO ARE SOME OF YOUR FAVOURITE MUSICIANS/WRITERS?
Agatha Christie for sure - her naive yet stylish mysteries are the best relaxation, in the cultural sphere I love a B book like Bauhaus, or What Are We Looking At I also have a list of books I want to get hold of, including books by Karel Hvidala - interviews with artists In music a lot lately Alt-J or Harry Styles, Lanugo, Dunftpunk is my stalwart
WHAT ALBUM OR SONG WOULD YOU CHOOSE AS A SOUNDTRACK TO YOUR PERSONAL LIFE OR CREATIVE PROCESS?
The soundtrack to The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou we would probably borrow if we could, the mix of humour, overdriven tempo, stylish evergreens and sentimental tracks speak to us completely from the soul, lately especially the track Lightning Strike Rescue Op - we rescue often and a lot.
WHEN YOU THINK ABOUT YOUR WORK/DESIGN, DO ANY PARTICULAR EMOTIONS COME TO MIND?
Life's waste, impermanence and death.
WHAT ARE YOUR FAVORITE PLACES?
GASK in Kutná Hora, the famous MAAT gallery in Lisbon, Fundación NMAC in southern Spain, which is an open-air modern art gallery, works by artists from all over Europe scattered around the forest, Café Sladkovský in Vršovice.
WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE TRAVEL DESTINATION AND WHY?
The Iberian Peninsula, where we gain inspiration and strength, and also the plastic waste we are concreting as part of our Continental Wasting project.