Flowerglow is glowing

Flowerglow is glowing

The stained glass window Flowerglow that I made over this summer is now glowing in Laitse kindergarten with the building finished and children enjoying their new space every day.

The window was made thanks to and because of the "1 % law", which means that every public building built or renovated includes some art funded by 1 % of the building budget. 

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Fly catchers

In August 2014, the artists Sarah Gilbert (US), Maret Sarapu (EST) and Stine Bidstrup (DK) travelled to Olustvere Glass Studio in Estonia to work on the collaborative project “Fly Catchers”, which will open in Tartu Art House on the evening of Nov. 27th and run until Dec. 14th, 2014. The installation consists of a series of blown glass fly catchers, thin glass spheres, a montage of photographs from the early morning ‘hunt’ in the marshlands of Soomaa National Park.

Inspiration, here you come

Inspiration can come from different places, but there are few places as intense as museums. Here are some examples of what I was most drawn by in Victoria & Albert Museum in London. Hot glass from pre-blowing time.

Meeting point

Whereas having many different projects going on simultaneously may not be such a good idea, I think I have come to terms with it lately. I used to think that things need to be kept separately, that every project or idea needed its own box and designated time. I struggled. But I have realized that it can't be like that, that it doesn't need to be like that. Because anything I do is already entangled, and it's only natural AND logical that things I do have more than one, in fact, many meetingpoints. Like I said, I have made peace.

Next week I will meet two good friends of mine from abroad. We will have designated time and space to do a joint project and find our common ground. Can't wait to see and work with these two brilliant artists and amazing people Sarah Gilbert and Stine Bidstrup again. 

While I have prepared for our meeting from my side, I am more eager to see where our common ground takes us.

While I have prepared for our meeting from my side, I am more eager to see where our common ground takes us.

To be in a Flow

I recently had a pleasure of getting into a flow while creating a batch of gifts for employees of honorable age. It was hard to stop doing what I was doing. Every dish is different and laying them out was mesmerizing. I find Flow totally worth persuing as a thing/state in itself.

Looks & Likes again

There is a bunch of events taking place in Lithuania these days. Events that I am somehow involved with. One of them - the "2D" exhibition held in Vilnius - gave me a reason to finish a work that has been on my mind for too long. Here it is: one mirror and two sheets of glass.

I love the way mirror and transparent sandblasted glass lay here on my desk, on top of each other, reflecting and seen through. I am tempted to show them like this when the next time comes, although it was not my intention. Or what do you think?

"Looks & Likes" vol 2 could also be called "Me, Myself & I", but as the experience of motherhood is rather universal I hope there is space to resonate.

The exhibition "2D" will open on May 13th at Gallery Arka (Ausros Vartu g. 7, Vilnius, Lithuania) and will solely show works which use flat glass as the medium.

From the series of Looks & Likes. Untitled 6-8, 2014. Laying on my desk, ready to be packed and shipped.

The outcome and how I redid it

As promised, here is a follow up to the Sunday morning entertainment.

Unfortunately, the piece you saw on the video, made a rather alarming crack after I took it out of the kiln. (If you didn't see the video, check the previous post.) With all of this lid opening-closing going on, I can hardly wonder. The temperature dropped quite a lot each time.

Trial no 1 

So I redid it and stripped the process of any non-crucial details. I was left with three moves in the kiln and an annealing period of 20 C/h. As it often happens, this time again, less is more. And yet it conveys much better what I wanted to express.

Trial no 2.  Holding Without Touching

I have all more reasons to call it an ongoing process. To be continued...

Continue to sculptural objects' gallery for slightly more pictures.

 

KOOSKÕLA

Haus Galeriis
Uus tn 17 (Bremeni käik)
19.02 - 08.03. 2014
Olete palutud näituse avamisele 18. veebruaril kell 17.00

Eesti Klaasikunstnike Ühendus avab taaskord näituse Haus galerii kaunites müügiekspositsiooni ruumides. Näitus "Kooskõla" jätkab eelmisel aastal alguse saanud näituste sarja, kus eesti klaasikunst sulandub kaheks nädalaks galeriis eksponeeritava kujutava kunsti hulka, andes vaatajale hea võimaluse näha klaasikunsti nii osana kui ka võrdväärse partnerina visuaalkunsti rikkalikus tegevusväljas. Ühtlasi on väljapanek mõeldud müüginäitusena. Külastajatele avaneb hea võimalus soetada oma kollektsiooni professionaalset klaasikunsti, mis tänu sel näitusel olevatele kammerlikele mõõtmetele sobituksid hästi kodumiljöösse. Esindatud on nii funktsionaalne kui ka puht visuaalkunsti valdkonda kuuluv looming.

Eesti klaasikunst on endiselt nii Eestis kui mujal maailmas silma paistnud oma põneva mitmekesisuse poolest, mis ilmneb mitmetel viimaste aastate eesti ja välisnäitustel. Nii klassikaliste kui ka eksperimentaalsete tehnikate rohkus, ideede innovatiivsus ja interdistsiplinaarsus ning jõuline vormi- ja värvikeel on leidnud positiivset tagasisidet suure hulga vaatajaskonna poolt.

Käesoleval näitusel on esindatud kolmeteistkümne kunstniku tööd – Ivo Lill, Eve Koha, Tiina Sarapu, Maret Sarapu, Kalli Sein, Kateriin Rikken, Sofi Aršas, Piret Ellamaa, Kairi Orgusaar, Eeva Käsper, Marilin Kristjuhan, Kersti Vaks, Külli Nidermann ja Kairit Annus.

Näituse jooksul toimub ka kohtumisõhtu tööde autoritega 5. märtsil kl 17.00, kuhu on oodatud kõik huvilised. Saab näha kunstnikke, kuulda tööde sünni ja loomise tagamaadest ning küsida kõike huvipakkuvat otse autoritelt endilt.

Eesti Klaasikunstnike Ühenduse juhataja Sofi Aršas

Lisainfo:
Sofi Aršas
+372 56 95 7052
sofi@tlu.ee

VEED

Maret Sarapu ja Maarja Niinemägi ehtenäitus A-Galeriis
21. november - 18. detsember 2013

Maretit ja Maarjat seob huvi teineteise materjalide vastu, mis nagu vesigi on mitmenäolised ning kohanevad. A-galeriis on kõrvutatud Maret Sarapu värvitut, läbipaistvat ja lumist klaasi Maarja Niinemägi värvilistest metallidest ehtemustritega.

Maret Sarapu on klaasikunstnik ning Maarja Niinemägi metallikunstnik. Mõlemad on eelnevalt loonud töid, mis inspireeritud veest ja selle erinevatest olekutest. (Maarja Niinemägi näitus “Allikas” Iida galeriis Tallinnas 2012 veebruaris ning Maret Sarapu eheteseeria “Sood ja veed” “Lõikusnäitusel” Reersø galeriis Taanis 2011 septembris).

Maret Sarapu ühendab esmakordselt oma loomingus klaasi väärismetalliga. Ehted kujutavad vee erinevaid olekuid ning klaas on kord läbipaistev ja voolav, kord jäine ja lumine.

Maarja Niinemägi esitab laserlõigatud anodeeritud titaanist ehteseeriat. Tööd on ülesehituselt mitmekihilised kujundite kombinatsioonid, mis said oma idee maakaartidel kõrgusi ja vete sügavusi näitavatest samakõrgusjoontest.


"ülim headus on kui vesi

vesi on hea musttuhandetele
ta ei võistle
ta läheb sinnagi
mida peetakse halvaks
nõnda ta ongi kui kulg"


Lao Zi 
Tõlkinud Linnart Mäll

Sunderland residency

In a spring of 2013 I had a wonderful opportunity to work in the National Glass Centre at the University of Sunderland, UK. As an artist in residence I was able to start a new project envolving some complicated techiques I had not yet tested. It is an ongoing project and I hope to show you some good results soon.