Tora Urup, ‘Viridian/Clear/Ivory’, 2013, Galerie Maria Wettergren

Tora Urup is considered as one of the most important contemporary Danish glass artists. Since working with ceramics in Tokoname, Japan in 1982-83, Tora Urup studied ceramics and glass in Danmark and the UK, graduating from the RCA in London 1994 and subsequently returning to Danmark to collabarate with Holmegaard glassworks and Royal Copenhagen porcelain. Besides her own projects Tora Urup is doing freelance and manufacturing as well as teaching. Tora Urup's work has been exhibited worldwide including London, New York, Tokyo and Paris. Tora Urup has since 2001 showed a particular interest in exploring the visual effects obtained within a series of circular glass bowls. The combination of selected colors in layers of glass interplaying with each other and the varying thickness of clear glass enables different spatial perceptions to be experienced which reverse the conventional understanding of the traditional glass bowl. The circular glass bowls are blown in layers of vibrant colors of thin opaque and thick transparent glass. The result is an investigation into the role played by color and material in the perception of a volume. By applying opaque and transparent layers of glass, different spatial perceptions are experienced which invert the conventional understanding of the traditional glass bowl. Thus an infinite space can be perceived in a physically small volume by the careful juxtaposition and treatment of cut and polished surfaces – some of the colored interior volumes seem to float independently of their exteriors.

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