A legend of Czech artistic glassmaking, Cigler has played an active role both domestically and internationally since the 1960s. He studied at the Nový Bor Glass School and with Professor Josef Kaplický at the Academy of Arts, Architecture and Design in Prague. He established and subsequently headed (1965–1979) the Glass in Architecture studio at the Academy of Fine Arts and Design in Bratislava. He participated in dozens of group as well as solo exhibitions around the world. In addition to his country of origin, his works can be found in both public and private collections in Germany, Switzerland, the Netherlands, Denmark, France, Great Britain, USA, Canada and Japan. On the occasion of winning the Czech Grand Design award, he was inducted into the Czech Design Hall of Fame in 2018.