Business stay of the deputy director František Janák in Istanbul.
The week from Febr. 24 to March 4, 2012 was the period of the business stay of the deputy director Mr. František Janák in the glass centre Glass Furnace – Cam Ocagi - in Istanbul. The owner of the centre Cam Ocagi Mr. Yilmaz Yalcinkaya invited František Janák to implement his designs that were to be included into the common production of the center. The František Janák´s stay followed his educational activities in Cam Ocagi in summer 2011.
The Cam Ocagi center is the only center in Turkey systematically offering workshops of glassmaking techniques and designing. It invites glass artists and professionals from all over the world to train in this way groups of both domestic and foreign students. The school operation is partly covered by the own production of the firm possessing its hot shop and cutting workshop, equipment for glass melting, slumping and fusing, lamp working as well as some other workshops.
In the stay František Janák was accompanied by Mrs. Mgr. Martina Matoušková, a teacher at the SUPŠS Kamenický Šenov, who designed gift figures inspired by the Turkish history for Cam Ocagi. Both the artists exploited their stay for visiting historical places of interest of the Istanbul city, as the Archaeological Museum, Hagia Sofia, the Blue Mosque, the Topkapi palace, the Basilika Cistern, the Chora temple, walls of Theodosias and many others.
The business stay of both teachers of the glass school Kamenický Šenov in the Cam Ocagi centre has been a result of a long-term cooperation of the center with Czech glassmakers and artists and its respect for the Czech history and the quality of the Czech glassmaking and professional education.