January 12 - February 23, 2014
Bas van Beek
glass is the modern use of glass as an artistic medium to produce sculptures
or three-dimensional artworks. The glass objects created are intended
to make a sculptural or decorative statement.
Through the years glass as a decorative and functional medium, was extensively
developed. Glass from Murano, in the Venetian Lagoon, is the result of
hundreds of years of refinement and invention. Murano is still held as
the birthplace of modern glass art.
During the early 20th-century, contemporary glass art had mostly been
glass made by teams of factory workers, taking glass from furnaces containing
a thousand or more pounds of glass. This form of glass art, of which Tiffany
and Steuben in the U.S.A., Gallé in France and Hoya Crystal in
Japan, Royal Leerdam Crystal in the Netherlands and Orrefors and Kosta
Boda in Sweden are perhaps the best known, grew out of the factory system
in which all glass objects were hand or mold blown.
Modern glass studios use a great variety of techniques in creating glass
artworks, including working glass at room temperature cold working, stained
glass, working glass in a torch flame (lampworking), glass beadmaking,
glass casting, glass fusing, and, most notably, glass blowing.
In the Studio Glass exhibition you find glass art made in the Czech Republic,
made in Murano, Italy and made in Leerdam, the Netherlands, all by with
designers like Andries Copier, Alessandro Mendini, Maria Roosen, Jaime
Hayon and Richard Hutten.