The Glass Prize 2017

Winner (Bullseye Glass Artists 2018):

Saman Kalantari   "Still Life"

I think of waste as an artistic material, the presence of something residual and processes of things that happened or have been. I use found objects, recyclable materials, organic forms and then I transform them into artwork. By inserting other materials such as ceramic, paper and plastic into my installations I try to express what different materials have in common or in contrast with each other.

Technique: Pâte de Verre

Type of glass used: Bullseye Glass

Type of kiln used: Paragon

Saman Kalantari The Glass Prize 2018 winnerAbout the Artist:

Saman Kalantari was born in Shiraz, Iran. He received his Bachelor of Arts at Azad University in 1994. Saman started working as a ceramic artist in 1992 and participated in several individual and group exhibitions. He left his country of birth in 2004 and since then has been living in Italy. Saman completed a two-year course at Vetroricerca Glas & Modern in Bolzano in 2007 where he discovered glass as a new medium. Through working with glass, he was able to express his social experiences of life from both in Iran and Europe.

For more information, visit Saman's website.


This category was judged by Lani McGregor (Executive Director of Bullseye Projects), Michael Endo (Gallery Curator) and Tali Grinshpan (Winner of The Glass Prize 2017). 

The prize for this category is a fantastic workshop at Bullseye Glass Co. in Portland, Oregon, USA and includes hotel accommodation and some meals. This superb prize is typically valued at about US$2000-2400. We are extremely grateful to Bullseye Glass Co. for their continuing support of our competition. 


Highly Commended (Bullseye Glass Artists 2018)

Karina del Savio "Memory"

View more of Karina's work on her website.


Krista Israel "Keeping Up Appearances"

View more of Krista's work on her website.

Winner (Aspiring Glass Artists 2018)

Zuzanna Wrocławska "Stage"

Technique: Pâte de Verre  Dimensions: 40 x 40 x 5cm

Type of glass used: Bullseye Glass

Country: Poland

Work is the answer to my own reflections on human existence, I decided to create a work that will visualize my feeling of helplessness in the face of passing time. The word "stage" can be defined as a stage, level, phase, or the degree of development of a certain process. we consider it in various ways, for example thinking about illness, growing up or developing organisms and plants. I personally associated this word mainly with the non-dreamy feeling of passing away and death. The time that is inexorably passing by is inevitably connected with the stages of our lives, which unfortunately have a fleeting character.

The Aspiring Glass Artists category was voted for by the public on The Glass Prize Facebook page.

The prize for this category is a personalised workshop at the Warm Glass state-of-the-art studio. With up to three guests, this prize is worth over £600. 



Winner (Open Glass Artists 2018)

Kwan Tse "Insider"

Technique: Glass Casting  Dimensions: 11 x 9.5 x 8.5cm

Type of glass used: Soda Lime Silicate Glass

Country: Hong Kong

Portraits capture moments of our own self, with the emotion of those moments being flattened onto surfaces or carved into any materials. This casted sculpture is formed again by the molten glass. Through this process, and I experience the struggle between myself and my ego. You can see more of Kwan's work on her website.

The Open Glass Artists 2018 category was judged by highly regarded glass artist Rudi Gritsch.

The prize for this category is £100 of Warm Glass Gift Vouchers, to spend on a huge range of fused glass supplies. 




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