Overview


Magnifying glasses, champagne glasses, stained glass windows in Gothic cathedrals, glass skyscrapers – these are all part of an opportunity-filled world that is revealed to the freshmen in the Academy’s Department of Glass Art. Glass as a material provides an excellent and respected means of expression for artists, designers and architects.
• The faculty members in our department are internationally recognised artists; while our students are enthusiastic, and love their speciality. The sustainability of the department is based on Estonia’s long and strong traditions of glassmaking, and on a team that is focused on innovation.
• Every person is special and exceptional. The boundlessly diverse forms of expression that are possible with glass provide everyone with the opportunity to find their own way – to find themselves.
• The Academy’s Department of Glass Art is the only place in Estonia where students can acquire a thorough education in glass art. And the fact that glass is necessary is apparent from the world around us.

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UMWELT – glass exhibition at the Adamson-Eric Museum

OMAILM / UMWELT
09. 06 – 01. 10. 2017
ADAMSON-ERICU MUSEUM
Curators Ülle Kruus & Mare Saare
Design Mari Kurismaa
Graphic design Külli Kaats
Artists:
1. 1967 Maie Mikof
2. 1970 Peeter Rudaš
3. 1975 Rait Prääts
4. 1979 Mare Saare
5. 1981 Eve Koha
6. 1985 Ivo Lill
7. 1995 BA Kai Kiudsoo-Värv 2005 MA
8. 1995 BA Tiina Sarapu 1996 MA
9. 1998 BA Eeva Käsper 2003 MA
10. 2002 BA Maret Sarapu 2005 MA
11. 2003 BA Kristiina Uslar 2007 MA
12. 2011 BA Andra Jõgis 2014 MA
13. 2013 BA Kristiina Oppi 2017 MA

Exhibition of glass at the Adamson-Eric Museum in Tallinn is dedicated to the 80th anniversary of the beginning of teaching art glass at the today’s Estonian Academy of Arts in 1936/37. The 13 artists represented have graduated from the academy during the last 50 years, both their final works – on b/w photographs – and latest creations are exhibited. The curator aimed to find out differences and similarities between the earliest and latest works and show the changes in the trends and expressive principles of these years.

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Maks Roosma grant for Maarja Mäemets, student of glass

For the year 2016/17 the annual grant for a glass student of the EAA goes to MAARJA MÄEMETS for her outstanding results in combining glass and photography in her creative work and for winning the first prize of the student art competition organized by Bild-Werk Frauenau, Germany.

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Exhibition ”MELTING LIMITS“

02.02-25.02.2017

Organized by Art Academy of Latvia – Department of Glass Art.

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Abandoned House Projects

On January 6, 2016 at 4 PM artists from Latvia Inguna Audere and Imants Kikulis, and Kazushi Nakada (Japan-Finland) will present their project “Abandoned House” in room E-426. After the presentation the exhibition introducing this project will be opened at the Lobby gallery Estonia pst 7 and stays open until January 21.
The artists will also conduct a master class in the house at Kotzebue 1, which used to be a factory but is now waiting to be “transformed” into the new home for Estonian Academy of Arts in 2017.

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International touring glass exhibition INTERPRETATION in Riga

International glass students’ touring exhibition “interpretation” had its last show at the Menzendorff Museum in Riga from November 10 to December 6, 2015. During the vernissage public prizes were attributed. Most of the public voices and the first prize went to Andrius Keturka (Vilnius Art Academy Kaunas Faculty) for his “Non-traditional vase”. The second prize was shared between students of the Estonian Academy of Arts Sigrid Luitsalu (“Unnamed”) and Astra Aavik(Ancient echo”. Winner of the third prize was Mirdza Guka from the Latvian Arts Academy (“Afterlife vitamins”). The work of Polish student Martyna Rychlik (“Strategic game”) from the Geppert Academy of Art and Design Wroclaw was also mentioned. The first prize winner Mr Keturka received a work of the curator of the exhibition Prof Saare “Fragile 2015”. The exhibitions in Estonia (Olustvere), Poland (Olsztyn, Ostroda) and Latvia (Riga) were supported by the Culture Endowments of Estonia and Latvia. (Photo: Prof PhD Inguna Audere, Latvian Arts Academy, curator of the exhibition in Riga with Anna Varnase’s work “21st century engraving”)

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INTERPRETATION

Interntional students’ exhibition INTERPRETATION will open at the Menzendorff Museum in Riga on November 10, 2015, running until December 6, 2015. The previous venues have been in Estonia and Poland.

http://www.blurb.com/books/6555104-interpretation?t=1445768831112  

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International touring glass exhibition INTERPRETATION in Poland

The international touring glass exhibition INTERPRETATION, curated by the department of glass of the Estonian Academy of Arts (curator Prof. Mare Saare), was opened in the Olsztyn Park of Sciences and Technology on September 14, 2015 as part of the Warmian Mazurian Design Festival. The participants in Olsztyn are students from Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland and Ireland. The festive finissage of the festival will be on October 14, 2015.

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INTERPRETATION

There are billions of objects made by glass makers during the past five thousand years. Each one of them has a reason to have been born. I believe the first, ancient glass makers to have been very much alike us – curious, experimenting, trying the limits of the material. Their technical achievements were not based on the thorough scientific knowledge and perfect measuring devices we possess of today but on visual sense, past errors, venturous findings; rules were set upon practical experience.

Alongside all that, each ancient item we admire today fulfilled a particular role – either carried a narrative, conferred status, acted in the role of propaganda or politics, displayed virtuosity of making or were once utilitarian everyday objects. Functional, ornamental, religious … artistically perfect in appearance and meaning.

The theme of the exhibition INTERPRETATION called the participants to find a historical glass object that somehow had a resonance for them, and to bring it into focus once again. Research the object, find out as much as possible about it and document the findings for exhibiting them together with their own object – the INTERPRETATION – that brings the historical piece into a new light, new era, transfers them into a contemporary context.

21 glass students from 8 countries – Algeria, Estonia, Ireland, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Slovakia and Slovenia are participating. The historical objects chosen belong to a vast period from Ancient Egypt to the first half of the twentieth century. The choices made are exciting, both in content, visual image and angle but also techniques. The same may, with confidence, be said about the new objects. Lots of different starting points, interpretations of ancient techniques and, most significantly, conciseness and clever connectedness with bygone times.

The exhibition is concurrently part of the educational project “Meeting Point IV – back in Estonia”, initiated in 2006 in Tallinn and afterwards taken place also in Nancy (CERFAV) and Amsterdam (Gerrit Rietveld Academie).
This year’s project focuses on the three Baltic countries and Poland, also including the exchange students studying in Tallinn in 2014/15.

Mare Saare Curator

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Glowing, Cutting, Shattering – exhibition of contemporary glass

Exhibition of teachers’ and students’ glass from Riga, Tallinn and Vilnius

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