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Zora Palova

Zora Palova Glass sculptor
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Slovak, English, German
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By appointment only
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+421 907797244
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Painting with glass

  • • Zora's glass sculptures are influenced by her training as a painter
  • • She draws her inspiration from nature, water and everyday life
  • • She uses traditional techniques to create her works

Slovakian glass sculptor Zora Palova studied at the School of Applied Arts in Bratislava from 1967. She later specialised in painting and then in glass and architecture. Zora became a research professor and glass sculpture teacher at the University of Sunderland, UK, in 1996, later becoming a visiting professor in order to focus more on the development of her own work. Her early training as a painter greatly influences her glass sculptures, since she attempts to replicate the movement of brushstrokes in glass. She primarily works with glass due to its numerous qualities and characteristics, such as its large range of colours and textures, as well as its strength and fragility.

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Works

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Green Cell

This rounded translucent mould-melted glass sculpture with a hollow centre was made using green glass. The surface of the sculpture is not even, creating a sense of movement and openness. The shape of a cell or uterus evokes the birth of life. Zora likes to use bright colours, giving every colour its own significance. She chooses motifs mainly from nature. Her works are given titles that reflect the human organism or psyche.

Length 50 cm
Width 24 cm
Height 56 cm

Zora Palova Glass sculptor
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Baroque

This red glass sculpture was inspired by concave and convex curves, characteristic architectural elements of the Baroque period. The colour and transparency of glass play a very important role throughout Zora’s work. While carrying out experiments with glass, Zora discovered an inspiring combination of metal alloy and melted glass that captured her attention due to it being both transparent and non-transparent, raw and glazed, heavy and light, all at the same time. Combining these two materials offers new possibilities.

Length 30 cm
Width 20 cm
Height 57 cm

Zora Palova Glass sculptor
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Boat – Leaf

This mould-melted and cut glass sculpture was inspired by leaves. Through her works, Zora tries to express herself and her energy, visualising movement during the process of creation. Using glass allows her to lock the movement of her hands into the surface of her sculptures.

Length 130 cm
Width 40 cm
Height 20 cm

Zora Palova Glass sculptor
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Direction

This glass sculpture, mould-melted from yellow glass, is part of a project in which Zora explores the seven decades of her life. This piece explores a decade of childhood.

Length 85 cm
Width 50 cm
Height 60 cm

Zora Palova Glass sculptor
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Leaf

The mould-melted yellow cut glass sculpture forms part of a series depicting leaves. Zora finds leaves fascinating in shape and construction. Zora likes to use bright colours, giving every colour its own significance. She chooses motifs mainly from nature. Through her works, Zora tries to express herself and her energy, visualising movement during the process of creation.

Length 60 cm
Width 20 cm
Height 80 cm

Zora Palova Glass sculptor

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