Kristiina Uslar is one of the best european master artisans focused on glass sculpture. She graduated from her master’s studies in the department of glass of the Estonian Academy of Arts in 2007. During that time, she worked in the department as a technician. Kristiina was named associate professor of the department of glass in 2017 and in 2018 she became the head of department.
Since 2006, Kristiina is participating in international exhibitions and competitions. She mostly uses the pâte de verre technique. For her master’s thesis research, Kristiina extensively studied ancient Roman Diatretas and borrowed many details from them, such as the usage of numerous pillars, connections, bridges and the overall distinctive structuring. Kristina combines her knowledge of classical glass with the pâte de verre technique in order to create glassworks with a modern twist. Her signature style is created through her technique of gradually building up the piece, layer by layer, connecting thin layers and pillars.
The glass sculptures she creates are made out of glass (Bullseye) using the pâte de verre technique. Kristiina uses frit glass (crushed glass) mixed with wallpaper glue. For the mold itself, she uses fibre mould material, which she crafted, drilled or sawed before filling it up with glass. Her goal is to get very thin layers.
Pâte de verre is a technique with many meditative properties, lots of possibilities and challenges. This is the main reason why this technique have become the centre of Kristiina Uslar’s work, as they allow her to fulfil her ideas and search for new methods.
This is the brilliant aspect of pâte de verre. One may create pieces that are visibly delicate, that may look like thin shavings of glass, yet remain surprisingly sturdy. Every single work of Kristiina’s has a distinct story, a genesis, which is closely related to the techniques used. The final form of an idea is heavily influenced by her signature style, as well as the possibilities that the pâte de verre technique offers.
Kristiina’s Sharp Emptiness I fascinated everyone with its bloody aesthetic. The source of inspiration for this red and white circular glasswork with a hollow centre was a blade. The idea revolves around emptiness and sharpness. Filling the emptiness around us with tension and solving tense situations with emptiness.
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