Anik just happened to so very very precisely define my taste of glass too.
No way I would go for too complicated, gilded, murano, chribska, I think I learned a couple of new adjectives in English: "dainty" and "gaudy".
Exactly. Simple, even plain is what I like. And heavy! (would love to see a Matura Head vase once)
There are some Finnish glass designs, well known too, that I love, of course. But I am not even thinking of trying to collect any myself, they are too expensive. And I like to be controversial and different.
Czech glass is not very well known here, unfortunately it doesn't mean it would be cheap tho' as most people try to sell them as Finnish!
However, I feel especially how certain pieces of Czech glass represent the style of the 60's, my early childhood, is more in a stylish and refined way than what the typical Finnish really popular 60's designs I remember look like.(http://i343.photobucket.com/albums/o470/pxxu/th__MG_7719.jpg)
There's how I like them, heavy and clear. ( just not to be too much Off Topic: there is a SchrÃ¶tter bullet vase there, and I have a smaller yellow one too)The latest find I am happy about is the Vizner lense vase, and especially because it is with all clear lenses, not matt, that's for the simplicity I like!
The more colourful part of my Czech collection is 13139 (also waisted) vase, which is a design that really really pleases my eye. (I would love to hear more facts of it one day, so far I do not know if it was produced in Hermanova and Rudolfova huts. I suppose this is something that has only been found out lately.)
I have seen some Jan Schmid waisted vases but haven't bought one (yet).
I am not sure if I want to buy vases just because they are Czech, I have managed not to... I think I will buy one when I see one in really good condition, clear, colourless and cheap.
I have said it already a couple of times I cannot find the words to thank Jindrich for all that ever so interesting information. I think, Anne?, would you find a simple *heart* -smiley so we would in the future just express our feelings for him.