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Jan Benda, a native of the Czech Republic, has been diligently blowing glass since graduating from the Technical Glassblowing Institute in 1969. After refining his craft for over fifteen years, with some of the most revered master in glass blowing, Jan and his wife Krystyna opened there own studio on the sunshine coast of British Columbia in 1987. Using hand blown techniques from the Czech tradition and perfecting them through age-old methods of glass blowing, Jan has been devoted to achieving simple, elegant and contemporary one of a kind creation for the past twenty years. With an intense passion for his craft, Jan Benda allows the spontaneity of glass to remain as his inspiration and continues to be an innovator of this constantly evolving medium.