Maret Sarapu

photo: Terje Ugandi

photo: Terje Ugandi

I am a glass artist living and working in Tallinn, Estonia. My inspiration often derives from the elements of local Northern European nature, native ornaments, motifs and objects in daily life which happen to have meaning because I choose to give it to them. My works constitute a diary of my personal past as the time goes by. It records important moments, happiness, lyrical and glad moods and even sadness.

Personal matters are the most intimate ones. That is the reason for me to focus my creativity to issues, problems and phenomena representing my personal experiences and ideas.

Instead of intentionally saying something with my work I often prefer seeing my work to say something to me. I enjoy the unintentional and surprising outcome. I see it as being in a dialogue with glass.

My favorite techniques are the kiln ones, especially thin-layered pâte de verre. And often I use the glass, as fragile and delicate it may be, as a protective shield for something really valuable.



Born January 31st, 1978 in Pärnu, Estonia


2003–2005 Estonian Academy of Arts (EAA), glass art speciality, MA (cum laude)
2001 University of Art and Design Helsinki
1997–2002 Estonian Academy of Arts, glass art speciality, BA

Selected Exhibitions

Solo (duo, trio) exhibitions:

2019 CLOSET OISTRICH, Hop Gallery, Tallinn, Estonia
2017 AT YOUR OWN PACE, Cafe Ginger, Tallinn (series of exhibitions "Glass Art in Cafe", part of satellite program of Tallinn Applied Art Triennial)
2013 WATERS, A-Gallery, Tallinn, Estonia (with M. Niinemägi)
2012 VARIABLE INTERSECTIONS, Hop Gallery, Tallinn, Estonia
2011 MEETINGS IN THE GARDEN (with T. Sarapu, K. Sein and R. Paju), Instituto Camoes, Lisboa, Portugal
2010 TALLINN: CORES, IMAGENS, SENTIMENTOS (with T. Sarapu and K. Sein), Casa d'Achada, Lisboa, Portugal
2009 WHITE SHADOW, Hop Gallery, Tallinn; Võru City Gallery, Võru, Estonia
2005 TO DARE OR NOT TO DARE, Artdepoo Gallery, Tallinn, Estonia
2004 CLOCKWISE, Slagelse, Denmark (together with T.Sarapu and E.Piir)
2003 SENSE OF TIME, Museum of Tartu University History, Tartu, Estonia (together with T.Sarapu and K.Sein)
2001 PORTRAITS, EAA Gallery, Tallinn, Estonia (together with H.Kreem and J.Nõmm)
1999 FALLING & FLYING, Slagelse, Denmark (together with T.Sarapu)

Group exhibitions:

2019 RESONANCE Vana-Võromaa Kultuurikoda, Võru, Estonia
2018 FIRE GLASS, Nelja Nurga Galerii, Kärdla, Hiiumaa, Estonia
2017 UMWELT/OMAILM, Adamson-Eric Museum, Tallinn, Estonia
2016 CIVILIZATION 2: THE TROUSERS OF TIME, Tallinn Seaplane Harbour aquarium, Tallinn, Estonia
2016 CONCORD IV, Haus Gallery, Tallinn, Estonia
2014 BORN/MADE, Tartu Art House, Tartu, Estonia; Vabaduse Gallery, Tallinn, Estonia
2014 2D → , Arka Gallery, Vilnius, Lithuania; V. Grybas Museum, Jurbarkas, Lithuania; Museum of New Art, Pärnu, Estonia; Rietumu Bank gallery, Riga, Latvia
2014 VITRUM BALTICUM VI, Kaunas, Lithuania (cat.)
2013 INSPIRED BY NATURE, Hempel Glass Museum, Denmark
2013 FROM SAND TO SAND, Reigi, Estonia
2013 MILKYWAY, Rakvere, Estonia
2012 CONTEMPORARY ESTONIAN GLASS ART, Jelagin Island's Glass Museum, St.
Petersburg, Russia
2012 GLASS CONTEXT 2012, Bornholm, Denmark (cat.)
2012, 2011 VITRUM BALTICUM V, Kaunas; Klaipeda, Lithuania (cat.)
2011 PAIR, Kullo Gallery, Tallinn, Estonia
2011 MEETINGS IN THE GARDEN (with T. Sarapu, K. Sein and R. Paju), Instituto Camoes, Lisboa, Portugal
2011 ESTONIAN GLASS, Finnish Glass Museum, Riihimäki, Finland
2010–2011 ESTONIAN GLASS, Glashütte Gernheim, Petershagen, Germany
2010 NIGHT LIGHT, Kalamaja Park, Tallinn, Estonia
2009 NATIONAL HERITAGE, Pärnu City Gallery, Pärnu, Estonia
2008 VITRUM BALTICUM IV, Kaunas, Lithuania (cat.)
2008 GLASS CONTEXT 2008, Bornholm, Denmark (cat.)
2008 OPEN, Paide Townhall, Paide, Estonia
2008 GLASBRÜCKE IN BERLIN, Berlin, Germany
2007 TALENTE 2007, München, Germany (cat.)
2007 ROUND, Albu Manor House, Järva County, Estonia
2007 CGCA Fellowship Recipient exhibition, Gallery of Fine Craft at WheatonArts, Millville, New Jersey, USA
2006 COBURG GLASS PRIZE 2006, Veste Coburg, Germany (cat.)
2006, 2005, 2004 White Glass Days, Evald Okas Museum, Haapsalu and A-Gallery, Tallinn, Estonia
2003 ICE, ICE!, City Gallery, Tallinn, Estonia
2002 AUCTION, Applied Art Museum, Tallinn, Estonia
2001 THROUGH THE GLASS, Town Hall Gallery, Tallinn, Estonia
1999 Exhibition of International Glass Triennial GLOBAL ART GLASS workshop, Orrefors, Sweden

Professional career

since 2010 founder of Glassclub
since 2005 freelance glass artist
2018, 2011, 2003–2004 Estonian Academy of Arts, teacher in glass art department
1999–2003 glass studio Ideeklaas, artist

Conferences and workshops

2017 COLD-HOT. Estonian Glass art 80, Tallinn, Estonia
2017 The 7th Tallinn Applied Art Triennial 2017 "Ajavahe. Time Difference", Tallinn, Estonia
2012 International Glass Conference “European Glass Context 2012”, Bornholm, Denmark
2009 Glass Art Society Conference, Corning, New York, USA (demonstration "TV Dinner" with Burnt Asphalt Family)
2008 International Glass Conference “European Glass Context 2008”, Bornholm, Denmark
2007 Glass Art Society Conference, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA
2002 Ethnographic expedition to Mordovia, Russia
1999 International Glass Triennial GLOBAL ART GLASS workshop, Orrefors, Sweden


2012, 2011, 2010 New Glass Review – selected works
2007 Jutta Cuny-Franz Memorial Award – selected works
2007 Creative Glass Centre of America – fellowship recipient
2005 Coburg Glass Prize 2006 – selected works


2017 The 7th Tallinn Applied Art Triennial 2017 "Ajavahe. Time Difference", member of organizational team


Estonian Museum of Applied Art and Design
Contemporary Glass Art Museum, Eskisehir, Turkey
Museum of American Glass, USA
Lommel Municipal Glass Art Collection, Lommel, Belgium
Private collections in Estonia, Denmark, France and USA

Public Commissions 

2019 Esimene keel/First Language, customer: Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre
2017-2018 Jäämägi/Iceberg, customer: Ministry of Interior, eu-LISA
2017 Trepp/The Stairs, customer: Estonian Public Broadcasting (ERR)
2015 Õiekuma/Flowerglow, customer: Kernu Local Goverment


Since 2017 member of Estonian Artists' Association
Since 2003 member of Estonian Glass Artists` Union
Since 2002 member of Ydi-group (club of finno–ugric expedition members)