Between the Nazis and the Communists, Czech painters and sculptors, before and during World War II ,were expected to create only that which the powers that be approved as "appropriate." Crafty and bright glass artists were able to escape the state censors; Matthew Kangas, writing for the Seattle Times, tells you how and why. If you have an interest in glass, this article is a must read. Matthew also says, "Czech Glass 1945-1980: Design in the Age of Adversity, " is "exactly the kind of exhibit the Museum of Glass in Tacoma should be doing." I totally agree.