Glassartists

MIEKE GROOT (1949) graduated in 1976 from the Goldsmiths department and from the Glass Working Group of the Gerrit Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam. After her studies, she founded a glass studio in Amsterdam with Richard Meitner, and both artists taught from 1981 to 2000 at the Glass Design department of the Gerrit Rietveld Academy. Her work has been exhibited worldwide and can be found in numerous prominent museum collections in Europe, Asia and North America, including the Victoria & Albert Museum in London. She was a curator at the Glass Museum Alter Hof Herding in Coesfeld-Lette, Germany. And Mieke was the artistic director of North Lands Creative Glass in Scotland. Her work consists of blown and enamelled objects. Characteristic of her work is the “skin” that is created by applying many layers of sand mixed enamel on blown forms.Website www.miekegroot.nl

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RIA LAP (1949) was educated at the Academy of Visual Arts in Arnhem (now ArtEZ) and gained her knowledge in glass technology during workshops at the Studio of the Corning Museum of Glass (USA), the IKA in Mechelen (Belgium) and the Atelier du Verre in Sars-Poteries (France). The glass technique that Ria Lap uses is ‘pâte de verre’, a laborious technique in which first a model is made, usually from clay, over which a form-retaining mold is poured. The composition of this plaster mold listens carefully and is a time-consuming activity that requires a great deal of craftsmanship. The mold must be able to tolerate the high temperature at which the glass is fired. In her work she is always looking for an intriguing connection 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’. Ria Lap has a preference for “pâte de verre” because of the poetic expressiveness of the material. Ria also attended a master class Pâte de Verre with Sylvie Vandenhoucke. Website www.rialap.nl

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RICHARD MEITNER, born in 1949 in Philadelphia, United States, to an Austrian family. Richard exploits all the visual possibilities of working with glass in his glass objects, which are created with the help of a wide variety of glass techniques and other materials. His objects are often created in collaboration with people, including Mieke Groot and Richard Price. His work usually focuses on blown glass shapes that are functional or have a shape derived from the function. Richard Meitner came to the Netherlands in 1972 to study under Sybren Valkema until 1975 at the Glass Department of the Gerrit Rietveld Academy. He quickly developed into one of the most talked-about glass artists. Together with Mieke Groot, he founded a glass studio in Amsterdam and both artists taught from 1981 to 2000 at the Glass Design department of the Gerrit Rietveld Academy. Website www.richardmeitner.com

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The Utrecht artist THEA FIGEE (Soest, 1952) has been working with glass since 1999. She has been a painter and graphic artist since 1984 after graduating from the art academy. Glass is a material that is so beautiful in itself that you have to be able to do a lot to do something useful with it, Willem Heesen spoke seriously to her at the time. It was a wise lesson that she still often thinks about. Working with glass is cord dancing with beauty and that is a major challenge. Her objects are blown to highly detailed sketches, which some collectors even see as extra work of art. The unique pieces are vases, bowls or bowls. It is the sober forms that Figee loves and that she tells her picturesque story with. Working with a team in the glassworks is also a challenge for an artist like Thea, who usually needs the absolute isolation in the Utrecht studio to come to a painting or a print. Blowing glass, painting and making prints: an interaction has developed between these three disciplines, which provides a constant supply. What happens in the glass inspires painting and vice versa. Website www.theafigee.nl

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RICHARD PRICE (1960, Aldershot Hampshire, England) is internationally recognized for his fabulous technical achievements as a glass blower. He works with both blown and molten glass. His sources of inspiration lie in the perception of everyday life of people, here in the West but also in Asian countries. His subjects are female figures, babies, buddhas, animals and plants. By applying recognizable symbolism, the objects automatically acquire meaning. In addition to glass objects with symbolic meaning, Richard makes blown vases that excel in aesthetic values. His first art prize is the “Staatspreis des Landes Baden-Würtenberg für Europäischer Kunsthandwerk” in 1988. Since then many prizes have been awarded and there have been many exhibitions in galleries and museums at home and abroad. His work has been included in museum collections in the Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, Denmark and Japan. Richard works alternately in his studios in Amsterdam and in Chaiyaphum in Thailand. Website www.richardprice.nl

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GEIR NUSTAD (1984) was born in Tromsø where he grew up and spent the first part of his life. In 2006 he moved to Kosta in Sweden and started his studies as a glassblower at the Kosta Glass Center (one of the most famous glass courses in Europe). Geir graduated in 2009 with a promising future ahead and continued his search to express himself in his own way in working with glass. In the same year he started a study at the Gerrit Rietveld Academy, where he completed his studies in 2012 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts. Since 2012, he has worked for, among other things, the glassworks of the National Glass Museum in Leerdam for his autonomous work and commissioned work. The work of Geir Nustad consists mainly of glass, or as an independent work or as in the “grail” works in the direction of design or applied art. Geir wants to build a bridge between the use of glass as a raw material that can be used in arts and crafts, design and art. He wants to establish a deeper connection between the material and the object or sculpture. Its organic forms are enormously rich in contrast, both inside and out. Website www.geirnustad.com

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