Jan Benda, a native of the Czech Republic, graduated from the Technical Glassblowing Institute in 1969 with a journeyman diploma. Driven by passion and gifted with a rare talent, Jan worked at a glassblowing studio in Zelezny Brod where he soon achieved the status of Master Glassblower. With his family, Jan emigrated to Canada in 1983. Four years later, he reached his dream by opening his own studio. He continues to innovate the medium of glassblowing on the Sunshine Coast in BC.