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Renata Jakowleff

GLASS DESIGNER

 

 

In working with glass, I feel the biggest challenge is the liquidity of the hot glass.

As glass cools down, its plasticity is irreversibly consigned to history. The kinetic properties of the liquid phase disappear and, often, only someone familiar with the glass-making process would be able to infer the previous lively motion from the shape or structure of the set glass objects.

In my work, this interpretation process puzzles me. I try to recognise and understand the logic of the behaviour of the glass, and to work with it, respecting its intrinsic nature. I try to find ways of awakening the cold glass out of its static state, and of communicating to the viewer at least some of the experience of the liquidity of the glass, of what it is like to work with the molten material.

My approach comes close to being a science. My pieces could simply be explained as documenting the behaviour of hot glass. They contain no personal expression or fictional content. They simply answer the question: How does glass react when subjected to certain forces in certain conditions?

I am not saying that these works have no meaning. Sensing the logic of glass in motion is like momentarily sensing the long-term dynamics of nature. Experiencing the ‘regularity of behaviour’ of glass in the shaping process during its various stages of viscosity gives us an emotional understanding of the continuum linking the diverse structures of nature. The inner calm that emerges from this understanding is something that I seek to convey to the viewer.

In the studio, working with molten glass is a very physical task, something kinaesthetic, sensory and whole. The strong "will" to act displayed by glass, and its ability to surprise with its diversity of forms and structures, make it seem almost like an intelligent, emotional substance. It is hard to believe that this manifoldness is an outcome of cold, physical laws. In practice, sculpting glass is quite a sensual process, and I actually tend to think of hot glass as a partner whose reactions I look for and to which I react in turn.

My ideas evolve through thinking about how hot glass behaves. I try to imagine how glass would react in a given situation, to put myself in its place, or to imagine how a situation should be altered so as to get the glass to behave in a different manner. Obviously, trying these situations out in practice can become quite an obsession, and what I most enjoy is creating a variety of mould structures and testing them out in the studio.

Besides blowing, casting or, for example, lampworking techniques, I constantly seek out new ways of creating channels for the molten glass to flow along, of stretching, pulling or moving it, as dictated by the laws of physics, while avoiding forcing it in any one direction.
 

Even though I get my inspiration from the hotwork, cold working is also an essential part of my approach. In the testing phase, I spend a lot of time sawing the hot worked pieces in different shapes so as to get to the root of each motif. Frequently, it is only the cold working process that can provide a complete understanding of the past behaviour of the glass and a better comprehension of the nature of hot glass.

The actual works are individual sculptures and installations. In some of them I have combined glass with motion pictures – animation loops created to reveal the behaviour of the glass when it is hot.
These works are absolutely abstract in form, and my interest lies in working with them as a free art. Nevertheless, just occasionally, when the ideas and technical solutions that I learn from playing with glass give cause for it, I might use them to create tableware or other decorative objects.

WORKS

Competitions

 

2014    

European Glass Experience
                    

2006    

Glass sellers prize, shortlisted, London, England

Coburger glaspreis, contemporary european glass competition, Germany
                         

2004    

Carlo Moretti ltd, in cooperation with elle Decor Magazine, Venice
                         

2003    

Marimekko, Framework of young life / shortlisted finalist

 

2002    

Finnish tourist board, business to business design competition
                         

2000    

International glass art competition, Kanazawa, Japan


Studies and assigments / design comissions
                    

2013   

Lecturer in glass, Aalto University
                    

2010    

2 Or + by Yat
                    

2009    

Oy iittala ab, Artist of the year /Gaia ry
                    

2005    

Ma in glass, University of art and design, Department of design
                    

2003    

School of glass and ceramics, Bornholm, Denmark
The craft museum of finland, Exhibition coordinator
                    

2001    

Ba in ceramics and glass, University of art and design, Department of ceramics and glass, Lombik Flamework Ltd Budapest, Hungary, assistant
                         

2000    

Marja Myllymäki ceramic studio, assistant
                         

1998    

University of Helsinki, Art Studio
                         

1995    

University of Helsinki, Department of Geography

 


Selected publicity in english
                    

2008    

Sofa expo, Catalogue
                    

2006    

50 Distinguished contemporary artists in glass, Il publishers ltd, London, Coburger Glaspreis, competition catalogue, Coburg, Germany
                         

2005    

Arttu magazine, personal review, nro 2/2005
Finnish Glass V, exhibition catalogue
                         

2002    

New european ways of life, exhibition catalogues, Korea and France

 

2001    

International glass art, competition catalogue, Japan
Pure Finland, “Food, Style and Odd Stories from the Top of the World”, Tammi, Helsinki


Collections
Finnish state
The Finnish Glass Museum
Private collections

CURRICULUM VITAE

 

Renata Jakowleff

born 1974, Budapest

married, three children

Laitatuulenkaari 6
00850 Helsinki
Finland

Glass Studio of Hytti association
Bastioni Hyve
Suomenlinna b 48
00190 Helsinki

 

renatajakowleff@gmail.com
www.renatajakowleff.com
 

 

Selected solo exhibitions


Coming up 2015

Gallery Johan S    Helsinki
 

2014   

Gallery O, Helsinki
                    

2011     

Täky gallery, Lappeenranta
                    

2010     

Finnish glass museum, Riihimäki
                    

2008    

Arabesque, Fesign Forum Finland
Candy, Budapest
                         

2006      

Satama Art Space, Satama Interactive
Art goes kapakka, restaurant Motti, Helsinki
                        

2005    

Frozen Movement, Gallery Laterna Magica, Helsinki
                         

2000    

Babu, Gallery Esplanad, Helsinki    

 

Selected group exhibitions


Coming up 2015    

Ege Glass Exhibition, Venice
Finnish Glass Museum, Riihimäki                

 

2014   

International Glass Biennale Shanghai
Gumbostrand konst och form Söderkulla
Lokal, Helsinki
Ege glass exhibition, Riihimäki
Ornamo sales, Helsinki
                    

2013    

Pyhäniemi manor, Hollola
Elements, Lokal, Helsinki
Ornamo sales, Cable Factory Helsinki
                    

2012    

Himmeli satellite event, Suntory Museum, Midtown, Tokio
Spirit of Material, 798 art destrict, Peking
Shop in shop, Design Forum Finland
                    

2011    

Glass 2011, Gjovik art festival
                    

2010    

Hirameki design, Living Design Center Ozone, Tokio
Kirameki and illums, Satellite Exhibitions in Tokio
Straightforward, Design week, New York
Petit o, Gallery Norsu, Helsinki
Ornamo sales, Cabel Factory, Helsinki
Finnish glass VI, Finnish Glass Museum, Riihimäki
Take away, gallery Johan S, Helsinki
Finnish design and art glass Verkaranta, Tampere                    
                    

2009    

Ornamo sales, Cabel Factory, Helsinki
Led by form, Fiskars summer exhibition
Signal, Flow gallery, London
                    

2008    

Design migration, Design Forum Finland
Art Fair 2008, Helsinki
                     

2007    

Gallery Norsu, Sofa Expo, Chicago
Ornamo sales, Cabel Factory, Helsinki
Pictures of Island, Stoa Gallery,Helsinki
                             

2006    

Coburger Preis, Contemporary European Glass Competition, Coburg, germany
                         

2005    

Master of Arts, Lume Center, Helsinki
Forces, Fiskars
Finnish Glass V, Finnish Glass Museum, Riihimäki
                       

2004    

Young Forum, Design Forum Helsinki
                         

2003    

Nordic Design, Malmö, Sweden
Finnish Ceramics, Designmuseum, Helsinki
Glass beads, the Craft Museum of Finland, Jyväskylä
                         

2002    

Europ. Ways of Life, Design Center, Seul / Carousel de Louvre, paris
Scandinav. Design, Gallery temp, Bergen
                         

2001    

Departures, Skanno Helsinki / Vessel Gallery, London
Garden, Designmuseum, Helsinki
Mycelium, Botanical Garden, Helsinki
Floating, Hungarian Hultural Center, Helsinki
                         

2000    

Glass seminar, Media Center Lume, Helsinki
 

 

Grants    

 

2015    

Arts promotion center finland, 1/2 year artist grant
                    

2014    

Arts promotion center finland, 1 year artist grant
 

2013  

Finnish art council
Finnish art council
 

2012  

Finnish cultural foundation
                    

2011    

Finnish cultural foundation
Finnish art council
                    

2010    

Maja-oja found

Alfred kordelin found

Finnish art council
                    

2009    

Finnish art council

Finnish cultural foundation

Arts council of uusimaa
                    

2008    

Finnish art council
                        

2007    

Oskar ölunds foundation
                         

2006    

Helsinki city
                         

2005    

Finnish art council

Finnish cultural foundation
Arts council of uusimaa

 

2004    

Finnish art council
Uiah            
                         

2003    

Uiah / erasmus
Glass art society, becky winship flameworking scholarship found, usa
                         

2002    

Uiah / davinci

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