What does it mean to you to join the North Lands Creative network and be part of building a community for glass?
Being a part of the international glass community is very important for me, coming from Slovenia, where opportunities for glass artists don’t exist. It is really great to be in touch with how other people around the world are experimenting with this material.
Tell us about your work. What influences translate into your art practice?
In glass, I am striving for continuation and development of the glass forming tradition from my cultural space. I always try to translate feelings or sensations about my aesthetic surroundings into glass. Mist, water, cloudy skies, and similar sensations translate to satinated or sandblasted surface of glass or choice for combination of colours; details of modern architectural or symbolic objects influence my decisions for shapes and cuts. Then I try finding a balance, grounded in simplicity and contrasts.
Has this changed the way you approach your work?
Definitely. I notice these influences in the way I think about translation of social topics in glass material, how I see the correlations between the concrete building details and the cut glass surface. I also always think about the tactile experience of the user and the interplay of light with the glass mass.
What initially captured your imagination about glass?
It was the amazement on the appearance of cast glass. I was taken by the satin surface of the glass mass, right after it was taken out of the mould. The light coming through the piece was sublime. The glass drew me with its beauty.
What’s the significance of the handmade to you?
I notice how the glass industry is getting more and more robotised and therefore I feel strong about elevating the handmade. There is so much beauty in the glass master’s skill. The tiny mistakes in the cut patterns, for example, are what makes the glass piece alive, showing this craftsman’s skill.
What was your route to becoming an artist?
I started off with architectural studies, but soon noticed I need a closer connection with the material. This led me to apply for studies of ceramics and glass at ALUO, University of Ljubljana. I applied mainly because of the ceramics, but then got taken by glass. After bachelor studies, I got an opportunity to work for Slovenia’s crystal brand Rogaška for a year and this led me to continue with master studies of glass in Prague. I now stand with one leg in product design and with the other in the field of arts, since design often leaves no space for personal expression and experimentation.