Prof. Jens Gussek
Professor of Free Art Glass
An artistic study is an offer designed to bring an artistic talent into line with the personality of the student. It’s not about adapting creative people to a material, in this case glass.
But glass is an artistic material whose facets are by no means completely explored, a material that offers a wide range of artistic expressions. So glass remains an offer, a delightful one.
Idea, concept, criticism, reflection, technology and manual skills are the means on the way – talent, curiosity and work accompany this. One can not learn to be an artist and therefore can not teach. So this is not a study in which questions from teachers are constantly answered. Rather, study offers the space to formulate questions whose answer becomes a life’s task, and that of the future artist. The more individually the question succeeds, the more special the artistic search, the more successful the study. Because art should remain a mystery, even if it is prepared methodically and pedagogically. In this sense, we bundle the energies – open, purposeful, pleasurable, discursive.
Jens Gussek studied at the Kunsthochschule Halle, Burg Giebichenstein, where he taught for years in the class Image / Space / Object / Glass. In 2006 he won the Otto Waldrich Prize, one of the prestigious Coburg Glass Awards. From 2011 he has taken over the management of the class for free art glass at the Institute for Artistic Ceramics and Glass of the University of Koblenz.
His works are represented in important collections in Europe and America and have been exhibited in exhibitions in Munich, Berlin, Amsterdam, Paris, New York and Shanghai.