Jenny Ritzenhoff

Posted On: 16/06/2020

Jenny Ritzenhoff
HOT GLASS, KILN GLASS, installation

artist bio

Glass runs through my veins. My family has been involved in glass trading and glass-making for decades. After studying architecture in Berlin and after the birth of my two daughters, I started to experiment with glass, aided by professional glass-blowers. During these experiments she expanded her knowledge of the properties and qualities of the glass material. The Glass Department of the Gerrit Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam, with its outstanding study- and workconditions I got the opportunity to develop my own perspective on this material (graduated and received a diploma in Fine Arts, 2013).  In my work, I observe and discover how in the first place glass reacts towards manipulations during the blowing process. Glass has this unique viscosity when it is hot, it drops smoothly like honey and it moves softly around the pipe. When glass is hot it is fluent, liquid and moving, just like honey. It is red, yellow, white and it moves like crazy, which means it can develop the craziest shapes ever.

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