A brand new competitive series dropped on Netflix on Friday, July 12th, which introduces viewers to the world of glassblowing.

The first of its kind, Blown Away sees ten expert glassblowers go head-to-head to win a $60,000 prize and a coveted artists’ residency spot at the Corning Museum of Glass. Which, for those who are only just being introduced to this particular art world, is one of the best glass museums in the world with a collection spanning 3000 years!

Although there was some seriously tough talent, one contestant stood out among the rest for his dedication and passion to the craft.

Read on to find out everything you need to know about Janusz Poźniak, including more about his glassblowing background, family and more.

Screenshot: Blown Away S1 E1 – Netflix

Meet Janusz Poźniak

Janusz is one of the competitors with the most experience in this first season of Blown Away, entering with nearly 30 years under his belt.

53-year-old Janusz grew up in the UK, but as both his first and surname are of Polish origin, we would assume he is of Eastern European descent.

In 1986, he graduated with a BA in 3D Design at West Surrey College of Art and Design. It was while at this college that his passion for glassblowing developed. Janusz picked it up at the age of 19 and made connections with visiting lecturers Christoper Williams and Annette Meech.

After graduating he found work for Christopher and Annette at The Glasshouse in Covent Garden, London. Janusz stayed at The Glasshouse until 1990 before venturing to America in 1991 to work alongside Dale Chihuly, one of the greatest living glassblowers.

Janusz definitely had an impressive resumé going into the competition!

Meet Janusz’s family…

Janusz Poźniak is married to Miishka, a fellow artist.

The couple has been together since 2007 and married on July 3rd, 2011. Together they have an adorable 3-year-old son called Attila who was born on April 21st, 2016. The family are based in Seattle, Washington.

Miishka makes bespoke bags and backpacks which are for sale through her Instagram @miishka_handbags.

But she also posts adorable family pics to that account, alongside her stunning craftwork.

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Does Janusz Poźniak have Instagram?

Janusz also has an Instagram account, yet his profile seems to focus less on his adorable home life and more on his professional glass blowing!

You can join his following of over 3000 here @janusz_pozniak_glass.

This seems to be Janusz’s only form of social media, so you’ll have to find all his latest updates here or on his website.