Thea Figee is a painter and graphic artist who has been working with glass since 1999. “Working with glass is a tightrope walk with beauty and that is a challenge”. Her objects are blown into very detailed sketches, which are even seen by some collectors as additional work of art. Her work consists of vases, bowls and dishes. It is the sober shapes that Thea loves and with which she tells her picturesque story. Website www.theafigee.nl
Josien Geerdink uses several glass techniques such as casting and fusing. At the moment her preference is mainly for the pâte de verre technique. Through her very own (wise) application of the pâte-de-verre she plays with the tension between a robust, solid form and the thin, breakable glass. The objects sometimes do not look like glass at all and are often mistaken for candy or snow at first. Then, when the light hits them, the sparkle is reminiscent of ice crystals and the colors come to life. Website
Mieke Groot is a prominent glass artist who has a great reputation for her work. A common thread in her oeuvre are vase and pot shapes that are partly free and partly blown into the mold. In recent years these objects have been enriched with a skin of enamel that is often applied in a thick layer, whereby the transparency of the glass conscious is ‘affected’. Together with Richard Meitner, she was in charge of the glass department of the Rietveld Academy for twenty years. Website www.miekegroot.nl
The glass technique that Ria Lap uses is ‘pâte de verre’. In her work she is always looking for an intriguing relationship between skin, material and form. This is mainly reflected in the apparent brittleness of the crystalline walls. The sugary structure of the objects is a typical characteristic of ‘pâte de verre’. This distinguishes it from the more well-known techniques such as glass blowing and “fusing”. Ria Lap has a preference for “pâte de verre” because of the poetic expressiveness of the material. Website www.rialap.nl
Richard Meitner (US) exploits all the visual possibilities of working with glass in his glass objects, which are created with the aid of a wide variety of glass techniques and other materials. His objects have often been created in collaboration with people, including Mieke Groot and Richard Price. The focus of his work is usually blown glass shapes that are functional or have a form derived from the function.
The work of Geir Nustad (NOR) consists mainly of glass, either as an independent work or as in the “grail” works in the direction of design or applied art. Geir wants to bridge the gap between the use of glass as a raw material that can be used in crafts, design and art. He wants to create a deeper connection between the material and the object or sculpture. Its organic shapes have enormous contrasts inside and out. Website www.geirnustad.com
Jelena Podapdic was born in 1964 in Yugoslavia and came to the Netherlands in 1984 to study Art & Design at the Gerriet Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam. Her favorite medium is glass. She transforms glass into mysterious looking objects. Light that penetrates the material and bounces off the texture results in a unique optical illusion with visual effects. Her work is part of international private and public collections, including the Dutch National Glass Museum Glass. Website www.authenticdesignart.com
Richard Price (GB) is internationally recognized for his fabulous technical achievements as a glassblower. He works with both blown and molten glass. His sources of inspiration lie in the perception of people’s everyday life, here in the west but also in Asian countries. In addition to glass objects with symbolic meaning, Richard makes blown vases that excel in aesthetic values. Richard works in his studios in Amsterdam and in Chaiyaphum in Thailand.
Working with the magical material of liquid glass is still the most beautiful thing there is for Bibi Smit. Glass blowing is a fascinating quest for her to find new shapes and techniques. Moving forms in nature are often her sources of inspiration, such as rippling water, blowing branches and flocks of birds. But the specific properties of the hot glass also inspire her.Website www.bibismit.nl