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Meets the masters: Moser

In the lead-up to Masterclass London on March 13, we will be shining the spotlight on the people behind the brand. Today, we spotlight Moser, and artistic director Lukáš Jaburek and master engraver Vladimir Skala

Masterclass London, a Luxury Living & Lewis Wark event, will be returning bigger and better for 2017, with an all-day event taking place on March 13, 2017. Taking place in central London at Henry Wood House, Lewis Wark will again host an intimate event showcasing the unique craftsmanship of some of the world's leading luxury brands, including Agresti, Marie Daage, Foglizzo, Forge de Laguiole, Jay Strongwater, Lalique, Moser, MacKenzie-Childs, Richard Ginori, Robbe & Berking and Villa.

In the lead up to Masterclass London we are shining the spotlight on the people behind the brand. The first spotlight is Moser, and most importantly artistic director Lukáš Jaburek and master engraver Vladimir Skala.

Spotlight on Moser
No visit to Masterclass is complete without being taught how to copper wheel engrave your own Moser tumbler. Vladimir will guide you through the process, and if you ask nicely will help touch up any errors! Lukas will be on hand to discuss the design and production process behind the incredible launch of Moser’s 160th Anniversary Collection, which will be on display for the very first time in the UK at Masterclass.

Lukáš Jaburek, Artistic Director (pictured)

Born in Chomutov, Czech Republic in 1983 Lukáš rose to prominence after winning the "People's Choice Award for Czech Grand Design 2012" for his Pear and Kolorit vases. Having previously completed internships at St Louis and Waterford in his formative years, Lukas has gone on to win countless awards and have his work displayed at exhibitions throughout Europe.

Layering colour, coats of enamel and large brutal panel cuts are just a few characteristics that run through Lukas' body of work. With his innate ability to mix the masculine and the feminine separating him from his peers, Lukas has pushed the boundaries of what is capable with crystal.

Vladimir Skála, Master Engraver

Vladimir Skála (Cheb, Cezch Republic, 1956) seemed destined to work for Moser an an engraver - both his mother and father were employees! After graduating from his apprenticeship in 1975, Vladimir quickly began working in the Moser artistic studio. His early role centred around his ability to realise and recreate the work of the artist Luboš Metelák.

Over the next 12 years Vladimir would begin to take on more challenging designs until 1987 when he was promoted to head engraver. As well as recreating the work of Luboš Metelák, Vladimir is also synonymous with his Renaissance and Art Nouveau recreations. Boticelli, Dürer and Mucha have all had their work immortalised in crystal due to Vladimir's unrivalled talent.

The engraving process happens as follows: The design or motif is drawn onto paper foil before being transferred onto the surface of the vase with chalk. Highlights and shadows are marked out in pen to help guide the engravers tools. Copper wheels of varying sizes, set at various speeds are then set upon the surface.
Certain vases are known to take Vladimir up to 2 months to complete.

For more information on Masterclass London 2017, or to sign up, visit http://www.masterclass.london/




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