Hungarian autonomous glass art was born in the Art Nouveau period, and already its first representatives showed their skills to the world. Leó Pantocsek's invention was the basis of one of Tiffany's great innovations. István Sovánka won prizes at world exhibitions at the turn of the century. Julia Báthory was a celebrated glass artist in Paris during the Art Deco period. The art of Zoltán Bohus and Mária Lugossy broke through the Iron Curtain and put Hungarian glass art at the international forefront. Hungarian studio glass, fine art glass painting and sculpture are kind of the peak of professional knowledge and artistic thought. This table features the masters of the "great generation" of Hungarian glass art.
The glass artist is not only an artist, but also an innovator. Their artistic experiments also changed the way glass was worked: István Sovánka's laminated glass surpassed his contemporaries, Júlia Báthory's cutting was revolutionary, as were her innovations in sandblasting. Zoltán Bohus and Mária Lugossy opened new paths for glass sculpture and architectural glass. György Buckó and Éva Farkas patented the technique of fusing. Our young artists such as Balázs Sipos and Balázs Telegdi are today still virtuosi of the material.