PAVLINA ČAMBALOVÁ & URSULA MERKER – Glass Engraving and Printing: Wabi-Sabi, Imperfection and Transience

PAVLINA ČAMBALOVÁ & URSULA MERKER – Glass Engraving and Printing: Wabi-Sabi, Imperfection and Transience

Date: 26/08/2023 - 02/09/2023

Bild-Werk Frauenau

The Jiří Harcuba School at Bild-Werk Frauenau
The free School of Jiří Harcuba is unique. The Dominik Biman school, that was organised by Jiří Harcuba († 2013) at changing places in the way of the itinerant Bohemian glass craftsmen, now returns to Bild-Werk Frauenau as Jiří Harcuba School. The worldwide renowned artist and glass engraver, teacher and humanist brought modernity into glass engraving, and with it an open spirit, humanity and a deep understanding of his craft. He taught a new approach to the technique, with which he influenced so many artists, using the mark of the engraving wheel to create portraits and glass reliefs, and also expressive prints. Jiří encouraged us to take art playfully and honestly, appreciating that semi-finished sketches are often better than perfection. One of his favourite ideas was Japanese “wabi-sabi” – the art of the imperfect and random: to find beauty in whatever appears under the engraving wheel and print cylinder. Both course teachers have closely worked with Jiří Harcuba.


In the engraving studio we will draw into the glass surface, using the engraving lathes, hand engravers and sandblasting. We work on vessels, cast blocks and on glass plates, from which we print by hand or through the printing press. The technique of glass printing (vitreography) offers vast possibilities for spontaneous monotypes or series, painterly colour prints and relief prints from glass and from other materials. Our work will play across the two studios and extend into other techniques and materials. Let´s play! Beginners as well as experienced engravers and printers benefit from this workshop according to their needs.

Pavlína Čambalová studied gem cutting and engraving at the School of Applied Arts in Turnov, CZ and, thereafter, glass design and engraving at the Higher Glass School in Nový Bor, CZ. She worked as an engraver at Lobmeyr of Vienna since 2008, turning freelance in 2016. She has won several prizes. Pavlina has been Artist in Residence at the Eisch Glass factory Frauenau, TIGA Toyama, Pilchuck Glass School, USA. She has taught internationally and participated in workshops, symposia and exhibitions. In 2014 she took over the Dominik Biman School, formerly organized by Jiří Harcuba, and renamed it in his memory to the School of Jiří Harcuba.

Ursula Merker has concentrated on glass printing, sandblasting and glass engraving as well as on interior and landscape installations in glass since 1980. Exhibiting widely and with outdoor public projects, she has made a name for herself both nationally and internationally. As a visiting lecturer, she taught in the Czech Republic, England, France and Turkey. Ursula Merker lives and works in Kelheim bei Regensburg.