|Born||17 June 1929
Pustá Polom, Czechoslovakia
|Died||23 January 2005 (aged 75)
Malá Skála, the Czech Republic
Novotný was born in Pustá Polom, Czechoslovakia and studied at the secondary glass school in Kamenický Šenov and from 1952 at the Academy of Applied Arts in Prague in the studio of prof. Josef Kaplický. From 1959, he was an art teacher at the Secondary School of Art Glass in Železný Brod. In the late 1950s and during the 1960s, he won several significant awards – Silver Medal at XI. Triennale Milan, Honorary Prize at Expo 67 in Montreal. He participated regularly in exhibitions of Czechoslovak glass all over the world. In the 1970s and 1980s, his work was negatively influenced by the adverse attitude of the governing communist regime to his person.
The domain of Jan Novotný is painted glass – vases, decorative wall plates and windows. But in his work he was using other techniques as well – etching, drypoint, blowing or engraving. His creations include also classic paintings, graphics and drawings.
- Hlaveš, Milan (August 2005). "In memoriam I. Za Františkem Tejmlem a Janem Novotným" (in Czech). Glassrevue. Retrieved 2010-11-20.
- "Czech Artists: Jan Novotny". Corning Museum of Glass. Retrieved 2010-11-20.
- Ricke, Helmut (2005). Czech Glass 1945-1980: Design in an Age of Adversity. Arnoldsche Verlagsanstalt. p. 448. ISBN 978-3-89790-217-6.
- Corning Museum of Glass – Jan Novotný
- Museum of Glass, Tacoma – Czech Glass, 1945–1980: Design in Age of Adversity (PDF)