2017 International Conference Glass in Art and Architecture – HOT/COLD

You are cordially invited to the conference Glass in Art and Architecture – HOT/COLD

80 years of Estonian glass art

The Estonian Glass Artists’ Union will be celebrating the 80th anniversary of professional glass art in Estonia with an international exhibition and conference. A joint Estonian-German exhibition titled HOT/COLD opens November 10, 2017 at the Tallinn Creative Hub, and the conference takes place at the same location and the same day.

The conference focuses on contemporary glass art and its role in public space and architecture.

Main topics include:

– Trends and developments of the last decade in Estonian glass art;

– Contemporary glass art in Germany;

– Glass art in public space and architecture.

At the conference, we’ll be seeking answers to the following questions: what are the problems faced by glass artists today? What is the future of glass art education? What are the similarities and differences of the Estonian and German glass art scene? What is the state of glass art in Germany – education, exhibitions, museums, corporations, and trends? How is glass art displayed in interiors and public spaces in Estonia? Glass in space – a focal point or a building material? How are architects cooperating with glass artists?

Presentations will be made by Dr Sven Hauschke from the Coburg Museum of Contemporary Glass; Torsten Rötzch, Chairman of the German Union of Glass Artists; Estonian glass artists Kai Kiudsoo-Värv, Kalli Sein, Tiina Sarapu, and Mare Saare; Estonian architect Kalle Komissarov. The conference will take place at the Terrace Hall of Tallinn Creative Hub. Presentation languages include Estonian and English.


10.45 – 11.30 Registration,  coffee

11.30   Opening, welcome note

11.50   Kai Kiudsoo-Värv “Through fire and water, or the endaevours of Glass Artists in the last decade”

12.20   Kalli Sein „Illuminating facts on illuminators – examples of custom-made work“

12.50   Tiina Sarapu “Glass in Architecture, Potential in Glass:  Perspectives towards the architectural and public space glass in 21st century Estonia – the successes, the mishaps, and the developmental capacity”

13.20   Kalle Komissarov “Glass Architecture”

13.50 – 14.50  Lunch

14.50   Dr Sven Hauschke  “Modern glass in Germany”

15.20   Torsten Rötzsch  “About the Glass Artists Union of North-Rhine Westfalia”

15.50   Prof Mare Saare  “Project based learning vs technology based learning”  – with focus on the Estonian Academy of Art

16.20 – 16.50  FInal words, discussion, followed by exhibition opening performance