1999 Rakow Commission Artist: Klaus Moje

Klaus Moje (1999)

Niijima 10/99-B1 - Klaus Moje

Niijima 10/99-B1

Klaus Moje (German, b. 1936)
With the assistance of Scott Chaseling and Kirstie Rea
Australia, Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, 1999
Fused and blown glass
H: 54 cm, Diam: 14.8 cm
99.6.8, 14th Rakow Commission

Klaus Moje's artistic expressions in glass find their voice in material, color, and process. His work is based on traditional glass mosaic techniques, which he has reinvented through kiln-forming. He uses the bowl, shallow plate, and wall panel as his canvas. Throughout his long and successful career, Moje has pushed himself and glass beyond traditional, technical skills into the realm of abstract art. He has drawn from historical processes and expanded those techniques conceptually and technically. 

While many early studio glass artists focused on glassblowing techniques, Moje investigated kiln-forming, in which rods, strips, or canes of glass are arranged in a pattern and fused inside of a kiln to create a solid piece of glass. He worked with a set of simple geometric shapes—such as the circle and the square—in the form of shallow bowls. Later, he expanded his repertoire to include cylinders and flat panels. Within these formats, he has experimented with geometric and abstract patterns to create paintings in glass. Moje’s Rakow Commission is from his "Niijima" series of vessels, which were made at the well-known glass school on the island of Niijima in Japan.

In addition to his career as an independent artist, Moje is also a well-known educator. In 1982, he moved from Germany to Australia, where he established what is now an internationally recognized glass program at the Australian National University’s School of Art in Canberra. Many of his students have developed into artists with highly visible careers.