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- It's my dream to make glassblowing accessible for the experiments of artists and designers. 

Product designer & fascinated by glass

The failing tests feed my fascination.

 

I’m a thinker, fascinated by the limitations of materials, and I’m true to my fascinations.

 

I’m a thinker… in my work thinking is important.  Most of the process develops in my head and then at once, the translation is made to the material. No sketching. Just testing.

 

I’m fascinated by the limitations of materials, that as a thinker, I need to understand. 

When I find a limitation, I stay true to it; true until the moment I can use it in my work and visualize it to others.

 

My biggest fascination is glass—the material being as diverse as it is.

It all started when I worked with ceramics. Firing ceramics led me to firing glass.  Why not together…? There were several limitations to overcome. Ceramics and glass respond in opposite ways to high temperatures. Ceramics transforms from liquid to solid, and glass from solid to liquid. This led me to very technical research, which I never fully mastered. The failing tests further fed my fascinationwhich has since only grown.

 

During a break in my study, I realized that testing in a kiln wasn’t enough anymore.  I wanted to follow my passion, so I applied to the large glass department at the Rietveld. That year I also graduated from Willem de Kooning academy with the following idea: It is my dream to make glassblowing accessible to artists and designers, and their experiments, so that I can contribute to the revaluation of the Dutch crafts culture. 

The result was a small furnace, which is a combination of furnace, gloryhole and annealer, which because of its size, is perfect for experimenting.  

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Selma Hamstra

Product Designer