Rony Plesl, Rückl Art Director
Leading Czech artist, sculptor, designer and professor. Born in Jablonec nad Nisou, since 2008 he has headed the Glass Atelier at the Academy of Arts, Architecture and Design in Prague, and is considered one of the most notable contemporary Czech designers. His signature style is found within fine arts, as well as in the design field. Through his work he explores the possibilities of glass sculpture, treating it as a distinct medium and following in the footsteps of his predecessors, particularly Stanislav Libenský, with deep respect toward the history of craft. In 2018, he first introduced a breakthrough smelted-glass technology at the Fire Walk with Me exhibition. A turn in his work was the 2019 exhibition installation named Sacred Geometry, at the Santa Chiara chapel in the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. Rony Plesl’s artworks are included in public collections in the Czech Republic and abroad, as well as countless private collections worldwide.
Many Czechs encounter his work daily, as he designed glasses for Budweiser Budvar Brewery and Pilsner Urquell Brewery, as well as Mattoni mineral water. His work received many accolades, including Good Design Award (2019, 2013, 2010), Red Dot Award (2019, 2007), Czech Grand Design (2011) and others.
In 2017, he became the Art Director of Rückl Glassworks and defined its present direction. He designed most products of our brand, paying homage to Czech glassmaking and cultural icons of Czech history.