Kateřina Handlová, Rückl Art Director
Kateřina grew up in a family of glass artists. From high school to graduating at The Academy of Arts in Prague, she studied glass and gathered her design experience all over the world. In 2015, she worked at the Dutch studio Thier&VanDaalen, then designed lighting fixtures for LASVIT. In 2017, she held the position of Senior Designer at LASVIT and went to work in Dubai for three years. In 2021, she designed the Shibari and Tide-up Romance crystal lighting collections for the Bomma glassworks. To this day, she participates in the designs of the Bomma constellations. She loves fashion, oriental culture and original jewelry. All this is a great inspiration to her.
Kateřina finds beauty in quality craftsman-ship which explains her passion for detail. She loves glass for its unique character, problems and advantages. With her original artistic approach she is definitely one of the most gifted and remarkable young Czech glass designers.
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.