Figure 1. Moniek De Bruyne. Emotie. Dimensions: 35x 20 cm. Technique: cast glass


Dirk Schrijvers

This year, 4 students are finishing their Higher Degree training at the department” Glaskunst” of the “Academie-Berchem” and 3 complete their specialization.
Luc de Bruyne and Christine Vanoppen are the teachers at the department, which covers all aspects of glass making including casting, blowing, slumping, fusing, and many cold glass techniques including glass-in-lead.

Posted 27 May 2018

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Higher Degree
Monique De Bruyne
The theme of the graduation work of Monique De Bruyne (°1944) is “Emotion”. It is inspired by the loss of her brother. When she cleaned out his house, she found boxes of shirts, sometimes unused and still in their packaging material. The work helps her to deal with her loss.
The objects are executed in a casting technique in thick transparent sheets of glass. The structure of the textiles is used as decoration. The front and the back of the shirt is running over the surface of the glass (Figure 1).

Karin Faber
Karin Faber (°1965)  was inspired by the work of Leonardo da Vinci and his passion for flying and flying machines. She connected all flying routes on a map with a red wire and the visualization of them formed an intriguing and complex network. The complexity of the form was too large to execute this idea in glass and therefore she limited herself to Great Britain, a land with an interesting form and boarded by the sea.
In the casted white glass form, wholes are left to insert wooden sticks on which a red wire network is visualizing the flying routes, which results in an fascinating graphic image (Figure 2).

Figure 2. Karin Faber. Da Vinchi's rode draad. Dimensions: 77x45 cm. Technique: cast glass

Figure 3. Ann Lambrechts. Feniks I. Dimensions : 50x160x160 cm. Technique: cast glass, knopen

Ann Lambrechts
In her graduation work “Finiks”, Ann Lambrechts (°1953) was inspired by the symbolism of rebirth, the never ending force of rejuvenation, transformation and recreation, using her idiom of construction, destruction and reconstruction.
She uses recuperation materials as different colored bottles which are cut, heated and fused to elements, that she can use to construct larger objects.
The inspiration of the object came of the traditional Japanese Kimono, in which an inherent dynamic is present. Color is also of utmost importance with a preference of blue, the color of the element water (Figure 3).

Ingrid Vanderbiesen
Ingrid Vanderbiesen (°1959) works with lace and wanted to translate this into glass. For her graduation work “Patchwerk”, she uses traditional and modern patterns of lace to create  wall objects composed out of elements of päte-de-verre.  The individual elements have a different color depending on the style of the pattern and the colors complement each other. The surface of the individual elements create an interesting reflection (Figure 4).

Figure 4. Ingrid Vanderbiesen. Patchwork. Dimensions: 60x60 cm. Technique: cast glass /pâte-de-verre

Figure 5. Bert Sterk. Onbereikbaar. Dimensions : 45x25x15 cm. Technique: cast glass /blown glass


Bert Sterk
Onbereikbaar” is the name of the graduation work of Bert Sterk (°1954). The installation is composed by self-portraits in cast glass covered with a blown glass bell. The color, present in the crude lead crystal, adds an additional value to the image by its coincidental infiltration into the piece. The installation translates his feelings and his inner thoughts - hersenpinsels-, which are unreachable for himself and others. (Figure 5).

Liliane Van der Elst
Liliane Van der Elst (°1953) was inspired by the beauty of tracks of a jeep in the sand during a walk. Her graduation work ‘Trails en Tracks’ is composed of the 3-dimensional visualization of these tracks.
She constructed casts profiles of tracts around a band, which is placed vertically in the sand. It also represent the link between glass and sand, which is the basic material for glass (Figure 6). 

Figure 6. Liliane Van der Elst. Trail & tracks. Dimensions : 48 cm doormeter. Technique: cast 

Figure 7. Elly Van Meel. For your eyes only. Dimensions : 200x150 cm. Technique: cast glass, cut glass, porcelain, metal wire

Elly Van Meel
“For your eyes only” by Elly Van Meel (°1955) is the result of an experimentation with different materials as wire, porcelain and glass. She constructs large objects that are inspired by African jewelry. This if often large, plenty and impressive, and highly decorative.  The objects are fixed at the wall or placed in the middle of the space (Figure 7).
The graduation exhibition runs between 8 June 2018 - 24 June 2018 in
SD Worx
Brouwersvliet 2
2000 Antwerpen
More information :
Academie Berchem
Frans Van Hombeeckplein 29
B-2600 Berchem
+32 (0)3-292 63 00

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