In-Between Hot Glass
Perspectives of Graal-Glass
In 1916, and using the name of 'Graal', the master glassblower Knut Bergqvist and designer-artist Simon Gate of Orrefors Glassworks in Sweden took up old techniques of interlayer decoration: Coloured and relief motives are enclosed between two layers of glass by combining 'cold' decorating techniques with 'hot' furnace work. Originally starting from glass engraving, cutting and etching the Graal technique opened endless creative possibilities between the glass furnaces and the art and design studios.
In Frauenau the cultural heritage of the glassworks and the innovative creativity of the International Studio Glass Movement meet on a crossing-point of potentials and perspectives in glass. Bild-Werk Frauenau invites for the exchange of glass makers and students, of glass experts and all interested in art, design and crafts, of manufacturers and stakeholders of education and regional development.
A colloquium and open forum on 30/10/2016 in the Glass Museum Frauenau offers inspiration from the creativity of Graal glass in Sweden, Great Britain and the Czech Republic. Experiences of Czech, French and Frauenau initiatives between art and industry lead towards a podium discussion of the future of glass in the Eastern Bavarian region.
In six Master Classes, from 31/10/2016 to 5/11/2016, experimental works in engraving and painting, silk screen, cutting, pâte de verre and flame-work will be overlaid in hot glass. Instructed by international artists, and working together with experienced glassblowers from factories and studios, new perspectives in glass will take shape.