Krista Israel is a Dutch based artist with a main focus on glass. Looking at her work it is like entering a story. The artworks are pleasing to eye but there is a layer of bittersweetness in everyone of them. Her works are in a realistic style, but it is not about the obvious reality. Krista is an artist who uses a broad variety of techniques, using the natural characteristics of glass to express her thoughts and reflections of the world and people and thus address the needs of our wellbeing. The combination of different techniques and her thoughts make her work complex and intriguing.
Over the past 2.5 years Krista has found a new facet in her work. Like an alchemist she works on her project titled “Lapi Boli”. During a residency in Jingdezhen, the heart of the Chinese porcelain industry, she recognised a new possibility of throwing glass on the potter’s wheel. The title is a combination of the Chinese words for the ceramic throwing technique and glass
Helene Besancon, curator National Glass Museum, the Netherlands, Neues Glass #2&3, 2020
Krista Israel graduated with honours from the State Institute for Art and Craft (IKA) in Belgium in the BFA (2013) and MFA (2016) in Glass Art. She was nominated for the Dutch glass prize – the Bernadine de Neeve Prize 2021, Association Friends of Modern Glas; received Stipendium 2018, Association Friends of Modern Glass, Lapi Boli Project, 2018; ‘Originality & Ingenuity’ exhibition and residency, Liling Ceramic Valley Museum, China, 2017; 10-10-10 Stipendium, academic grant for glass artists, Glass Gallery Aventurine, 2014. She is the designer and producer of the 2015 collectors object of the Dutch Association Friends of Modern Glass.
She participated in national and international exhibitions in Belgium, Germany, Ireland, China, Poland, the United States and the Netherlands, including: The Bernadine de Neeve Prize 2021, Nationaal Glas Museum/Association Friends of Modern Glas, NL, 2020; New Glass Now, Corning Museum of Glass, USA, 2019-2020; Glass 4 Ever, Gorcums Museum, 2017-2018; Glass Art Society, GAS Members Juried Exhibition, USA, 2017; European Glass Festival, main exhibition Play with Glass: Dr. Jekyll & Mrs. Hyde, Poland, 2016; Tianyuan International Glass Art Festival, Collision & Fission Contemporary Glass Art Invitational Exhibition, China, 2016; Exhibition Coburger Glas Preis, Europaïsch Museum für Modern Glass, Germany, 2014.