After some years of experimentation with sculptures in ceramics, Gaby Berger wanted to explore a more challenging material and she enrolled in the glass department of the IKA (the Instituut voor Kunst en Ambacht in Mechelen).
The combination of glass and ceramics was an attractive possibility to create unique pieces. Each work is the result of an exploration into grace, design and authenticity.
During her education at the IKA, she focused on the “craft of glass” and glass blowing became a passion. The main theme during her training was the handbag. One of her first pieces was a handbag made of window-glass and copper plating. Later she used other techniques like slumping, fusing, sandblasting, form melting, sand casting, pâte-de-verre and glass blowing to execute her work. Handbags have a rich history and are influenced by trends in art, design, fashion and sociocultural developments. Although they have a practical side, they enable an unlimited phantasy and are a source of dreams and secrets. She exhibited an installation with some closets full of old handbags and a series of handbags and purses in glass: “A handbag for every occasion”
A few years later followed a large scaled installation “Searching Snow White's Apple”. It was a large black table with plenty of white sandblasted glass objects that represent Contaminated food. The installation symbolizes the influence of man on the life as well as its powerlessness and mortality. This work was nominated for the Stanislav Libensky Award 2018.
2015-2018: Specialisatiegraad Glaskunst aan het Instituut voor Kunst en Ambacht (IKA) te Mechelen (B)
2009-2015: Opleiding Glaskunst aan het Instituut voor Kunst en Ambacht (IKA) te Mechelen (B)
2017: Workshop Glasblazen in de Glassfarm in Lier (B) met Patrick Van Tilburg en Jane Sylvie Van den Bosch van Verribelglass
2016: Workshop Core Casting olv Max Jacquard bij Stipglas in Tilburg (Nl)
2015: Master class with Philippa Beveridge (UK/ES) at l'atelier du Musée du Verre in Sars-Poteries (Fr)
2014: Workshop Glass blowing with Zdenic Kunc at the hotshop of Marcel Vlamynck in Brugge (B)
2012: Workshop Glass blowing with Giampaolo Amoruso at l'atelier du Musée du Verre in Sars-Poteries (Fr)
Master in Elektronics & Automatisation
The Stanislav Libensky Award 2018
2015: Artikel in "Glass is more" door Dirk Schrijvers
2015: Artikel in Fjoezzz 2015 nr 3 door Dirk Schrijvers 2018: Artikel in "Glas", het kwartaalblad van de vereniging van Vrienden van modern glas