What happened so far
In April 2021 the touring exhibtion opened in the LABORATORY at the Veste Coburg.
In our online plenary meeting on March 26 we reviewed the project and started looking to the future. All trainees presented their achievements during the training period, and receive external and internal expert critique with view of realising their career ideas and future development.
Our second training phase was able to build on the first and learn from it. Of course, there were differences, because the trainees bring with them very different cultures and backgrounds.
Whether a designer, artisan or artist, self-employed or employed. The ten trainees all had different plans for the future. After having accompanied them intensively for six months and got to know them personally, it is exciting to see how they use this unique opportunity for them in very different ways.
Actually, the exhibition was supposed to wander through different European glass regions, just like the glassmakers portrayed in it. Actually ... because Corona has also messed up our project plans.
Some trainees had already engaged with the world a lot, and had gained experience, others were just at the beginning of their careers. However, they all learned something from the various excursions and activities during the training.
In October 2019 it finally started: the first of three training phases with ten trainees from Germany, Denmark, and the Czech Republic. The first time. There is always something special when theory is matched against practice.
The story of the Meisenthal glassworks in Lorraine is a story of encouragement for the Bavarian Forest and for Glass Works! That is why a small delegation set out in summer 2019 to find out more on the spot.
“Creating Glass Lives” was the headline of our conference and workshop on the future of glass from May 31st to June 1st, 2019.
Glass and border crossing have always been linked. The European glass regions inspired each other. When Lisa started research at the University of Graz for the planned Glass Works touring exhibition in 2019, she was instantly fascinated by the skilled and artistically gifted border crossers who were behind this exchange: They were to become the centerpiece of the exhibition.
We (the Frauenau and Graz teams, as well as Troels and Susanne Jøker Johnsen from Bornholm) got to know how glass miracles are achieved in the Czech Republic at our second plenary meeting in February 2019 in Nový Bor. Welcomed with hospitality by Petr and Ondřej Novotný, we discussed our criteria and goals between glass interior design, studio glass and design.
We met around a large table in Frauenau in November 2018 for our first partner meeting: Heinz Fischer, Sarah Höchstetter, Heidi Wolf and Mark Angus from Bild-Werk, Katharina Eisch-Angus and Lisa Eidenhammer from the University of Graz, and on Skype Troels Degn Johanson from Bornholm. Jaroslav Polanecky came to us from Ústí nad Labem in northern Bohemia.
The closure and decline of most of the East Bavarian glassworks from 2006 on the one hand, the departure of young, well-trained glass students on the other: We did not want to accept these developments impotently. After all, the history of glass - as staged in the Frauenau Glass Museum - illustrates how innovatively glassmakers in Europe have always reacted to the ups and downs of the economy and culture!