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Kaja Upelj

Kaja Upelj Glassworker
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English, Slovenian
Hours:
By appointment only
Phone:
+44 7460107639
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Communicating through glass

  • • Kaja's work challenges the perception of glass as cold and rigid
  • • She has developed an original way to capture luminosity in glass
  • • Her methods and materials are expensive and highly toxic

Kaja Upelj is a Slovenian artist living and working in London. Since completing her master's at the Royal College of Art, Kaja has won numerous awards due to her unconventional luminous glass processes, including being named a QEST Scholar in the UK and one of the global emerging young talents at New Horizons 2018 in China. She was first entranced by the beauty of glass on the streets of Murano, Italy. Ever since, she has been on a mission to draw people to the emotional power of glass. “I always seek to be in harmony with the material because it is then when I can manipulate it into a beautiful creation.”

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Works

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Atraxia

Atraxia is part of Kaja’s Otherworldly Bodies series. These works challenge human perceptions of glassware, developing shapes that create a sense of movement. The pieces in this series appear to possess a life of their own. Kaja draws her inspiration from the iridescent nature of mother of pearl, having found a way to infuse the silky surface of her glass with its softly glowing colours.

Height 16 cm
Width 33 cm
Depth 15

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Opia

Opia is part of a body of work that challenges human perceptions of glass. Kaja draws much of her inspiration from the iridescent qualities of mother of pearl. After much experimentation she was able to develop a technique enabling her to infuse the soft colours into the silky surface of her glass. Anyone viewing this piece might find it to be warm and welcoming.

Height 12 cm
Diameter 16

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Solasta

Solasta forms part of a body of work that challenges human perceptions of glass, to the extent that anyone viewing this piece might find it to be warm and welcoming. Kaja draws her inspiration from the iridescent qualities of mother of pearl, having found a way to infuse the silky surface of her glass with its softly glowing colours.

Height 20 cm
Width 13 cm
Depth 14

Kaja Upelj Glassworker
Photo: © Kaja Upelj
Shoshin

Shoshin forms part of a body of work that challenges human perceptions of glass, to the extent that anyone viewing this piece might find it to be warm and welcoming. Kaja draws her inspiration from the iridescent qualities of mother of pearl, having found a way to infuse the silky surface of her glass with its softly glowing colours.

Height 16 cm
Width 28 cm
Depth 20

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