Gaby Berger_glassblower

About Gaby


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.



Art education

  • 2022: zomercursus "Interdisciplinary Special - Hot Glass, Clay and Glass Casting"
    bij Bild-Werk Frauenau in Duitsland
    met Carolin Andrin als artistiek leider en Andrea Viebach en Torsten Rötzsch als technisch assistenten in het keramiekatelier en het heetglasatelier.

  • 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)


Studies:

Master in Elektronics & Automatisation


Nominaties/fondsen

  • The Stanislav Libensky Award 2018

  • The Stanislav Libenský Award is an international competitive glassmaking exhibition that every autumn in Prague presents the best work of graduates of art colleges from around the world who used glass in their degree projects.

  • Stipendium van The Alexander Tutsek-Stiftung 2022

  • In 2022, the board of The Alexander Tutsek-Stiftung has granded me a scholarship for participation in a workshop at the International Summer Academy Bild-Werk Frauenau. The Alexander Tutsek-Stiftung promotes art and science.

    It was established in 2000 by the entrepreneur Alexander Tutsek and his wife Dr. Eva-Maria Fahrner-Tutsek as a non-profit foundation. ​ With the scholarships the foundation aims to support emerging artists who work with the medium glass, and to make it easier for them to start their careers. The workshops enable the scholarship holders to expand their professional knowledge and develop their artistic skills through encounters and intensive exchange. The scholarship enables the artists to experiment and to implement their own designs and concepts with the material glass. The scholarships are awarded to artists who, at the time of their application, have graduated from an art academy or completed their artistic training at a glass college or university of applied sciences within the last five years.

    For more information, please visit the website of the Alexander Tutsek-Stiftung: www.atutsek-stiftung.de



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