My work in process…

In early September I was participating in a workshop organized by the Finnish Glass Museum in Riihimäki. The workshop followed the opening of Back on Tour -exhibition of modern engraved glass in Europe. The exhibition is a real cornucopia of new engraved glass and I highly recommend to visit!

The workshop itself was instructed by glass artist and engraver master Wilhelm Vernim at the premises of Lasismi studio in Riihimäki. The gaffer of the workshop was glassblower Korbinian Stöckle alongside with Lasismi’s glassblowers. Week’s theme was Graal, which is fairly familiar to me, but I’ve still got a lot to learn on these engraving techniques. Many thanks to all for a great week!

Engraving machine and different lathes. Susanne Koskimäki’s sketches on overlay sheet glass in the middle.
My graal piece in the state of hot sculpting. I think I will title this work as Snake Orgy…

 

Wilhelm Vernim demonstrating engraving at glass studio Lasismi, Riihimäki
Overlay sheet glass, this ruby red matches the autumn colours…

I recently took part in glass engraving workshop by artist-engravers Heikko Schulze-Höing ja Wilhelm Vernim. I have always been a dremel engraver and these more traditional lathes and wheels were a bit of a challenge to learn! The course was organized by the Finnish Glass Museum and glass studio Lasismi in Riihimäki, Finland. The aim was to re-introduce Finnish glass artists and designers to traditional craft of glass engraving … and well yes I finally got some sort of grip of these tools.

…jeez this is difficult, practicing engraved portraits .

Btw. Herkkyyskausi exhibition is still going on in Voipaala Art Center near Valkeakoski until 5.11. On Sunday 29.10 2pm onwards I am going to be at the art center telling about the techniques and stories behind my artworks. Welcome!

Voipaalan Taidekeskus, Sääksmäentie 772, Sääksmäki. Open Tue-Fri 11am-5pm, Sat-Sun 12pm-6pm. Admission without discounts 6 euros.

Even more test pieces from the workshop

I’m such an old-school designer: these pictures present some of my most essential tools for product (or artwork) development: pens, brushes, rulers, plaster wheel, hands on experimenting with material. Many thanks to co-operative Pinkka‘s ceramic studio and Katzstudio glassworks (both in Tampere, Finland) for being part of this early stage of prototyping. Pictures of the outcomes coming up later…

Dylan Katz at Katzstudio making a prototype from my drawing. Dylan’s cozy studio is located in Hiedanranta, old industrial site in Tampere, worth to visit.