Patrick R. Benesh-Liu visited this past summer with noted glass artist Svatopluk Kasalý where he lives and works in the small town of Trešt’ in the Czech Republic. The short but intensive meeting was an illuminating and refractive experience in itself. Through the lens of Kasalý’s work we find a sensual engagement with the world and a desire to improve upon it. Creativity, employed in this instance by Kasalý, adorns and expands ourselves and our environment, in a manner that takes the commodity of time and translates it into physical and material beauty. From the physical and material we are mentally inspired, and it is this joyous circle that Kasalý revels in.