Mieke Groot has played a key role in European glass as both artist and educator. From 1981 to 2000 she held joint responsibility with Richard Meitner for the Glass Department at the Rietveld Akademie in Amsterdam. Since graduating herself from the Rietveld Akademie in 1976 she has exhibited all over the world always evolving as an artist whist remaining unmistakably herself. Her first love was jewellery, an art form which she has never abandoned. More recently an involvement with the Senegalese artist community and long periods spent working with them have filled her with new ideas and enhanced her colour palette.