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Gabriele Küstner

Gabriele Küstner Glassworker
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German, English
Hours:
By appointment only
Phone:
+49 551486342
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Celebrating colour through glass

  • • Gabriele makes colourful fused glass objects
  • • Functional shapes have always interested her
  • • She loves the freedom of being completely independent

“At the age of ten, my father gave me books by Victor Vasarely, the leader of the op art movement, whose work had a great impact on me,” says Gabriele Küstner. She later trained as a glass coldworker at the Staatliche Glasfachschule Hadamar in Germany, before spending a year in Tennessee, US, where she had access to a glassblowing facility. After some time she was able to pull glass cane in different colours and overlays. By the mid 1980s she started her own studio in Germany. A fusing class, which she took a few years later, introduced her to the possibility of using china paint to colour glass rods from the outside. Over the years she has refined that process and developed her own very personal style.

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Works

  • © Gabriele Kustner
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  • © Gabriele Kustner
  • © Gabriele Kustner
Photo: © Gabriele Kustner
Mosaic Plate

This dark coloured glass plate has been made by fusing different diameter glass rods together, creating a honeycomb design on the surface of the plate. This process of working reminds Gabriele of I-Kat weaving, an intricate style of dying and weaving fabric found along the Silk Road and throughout Asia.

Diameter 26 cm

Gabriele Küstner Glassworker
Photo: © Max Hundertmark
Lidded Vessel

This fused glass vase resembles the surface of honeycomb. Gabriele colours her glass rods before cutting and laying them out into designs for fusing, slumming and grinding.

Height 21 cm
Diameter 18 cm

Gabriele Küstner Glassworker
Photo: © Gabriele Kustner
Mosaic Plate

This dark coloured glass plate has been made by fusing different diameter glass rods together, creating a honeycomb design on the surface of the plate. The rich colours of the plate are reminiscent of the work of Hungarian-French artist Victor Vasarely, who has been very influential for Gabriele ever since she was introduced to his work as a child when her parents gave her a book on his creations.

Diameter 26 cm

Gabriele Küstner Glassworker
Photo: © Gabriele Kustner
Mosaic Plate

This dark coloured glass plate has been made by fusing different diameter glass rods together, creating a honeycomb design on the surface of the plate. Similar to the I-Kat weaving technique found along the Silk Road, Gabriele colours her glass rods before cutting and laying them out into designs for fusing, slumming and grinding.

Diameter 26 cm

Gabriele Küstner Glassworker

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