How do tradition and innovation combine in your work?
I try to keep traditional glass processing technologies alive, but I work with modern machines and materials. For example, I ordered a custom diamond machine that is as fast (literally) as a car and significantly shortens grinding times. Or I use a melted form of material that I usually call ‘space dust’ because, unlike old gypsum, it burns at 880 degrees for hours without cracking.
Where do you get your inspiration from?
Primarily from nature, from walking in the woods, but I actually get most of my inspiration directly from the material itself. Often, I don’t go through a traditional design routine, but cling to an accident born out of an experiment. Glass is a rather whimsical, self-contained substance. It always holds surprises, unexpected situations.
© Luca Görömbei
Do you think the field you work in is in danger?
There are only a very few specialists in Hungary. I am a member of the Hungarian Glass Art Society, they do a lot for the profession: they organise workshops and exhibitions abroad. I also think it’s important to introduce the little ones to this art so they can embark on a specialised training.
What are you the most proud of?
I think I am one of a very few glass designers who are also goldsmiths – this gives me a huge freedom in my work and allows me not to compromise. But I am also proud of my complex artworks, the execution of which I have to use all my knowledge: for example, I designed an art installation recently where one degree at a time could make a huge difference during melting.