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Karen Lise Krabbe

Karen Lise Krabbe Glass fuser
Danish, English, Spanish
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+45 50459870
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The gift of glass

  • • Karen ‘3D-prints’ her works using sand-cast pâte-de-verre
  • • Her work is characterised by intensive material research
  • • She won first prize in the Coburg Glass Prize, Germany, in 2014

Although Karen Lise Krabbe always wanted to learn a manual craft, at university she studied drama, Danish and Spanish philosophy, and it wasn’t until her late 30s that she once again considered artisanal work. Karen Lise was initially concerned she might get bored spending hours in front of a kiln, however she immediately realised it was in fact the opposite. “It was actually the first time in my life I had nothing on my mind other than what I was doing in that particular moment,” she says. For Karen Lise, this was not only a starting point but also a point of no return.

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  • © Enok Holsegaard
  • © J.H. Petersen
  • © Ole Hein
  • © Steffen Dam
Photo: © Enok Holsegaard

This fused glass piece could easily be mistaken for part of a crustacean or a marine formation. It is a one of a series of objects called “IT”, which all have marine connotations but no real inspirational source. They seem familiar yet imaginary or supernatural.

Length 23 cm
Width 15 cm
Height 80 cm

Photo: © J.H. Petersen

Karen used her personal 3D hand-printing technique, which she developed from the pâte de verre tradition, to create these pieces resembling sandstone in texture. The concentric circular movement confers on it a meditational quality.

Height 8 cm
Diameter 5 cm

Photo: © Ole Hein

Drawing inspiration from the older pâte de verre method of shaping glass, Karen used her personal technique, a form of 3D hand-printing, to create this sandstone-like vessel. Each layer has been built one upon the other, resulting in a shell-like form with jagged edges.

Length 25 cm
Width 17 cm
Height 16 cm

Photo: © Steffen Dam

Karen shaped these forms using her personal 3D hand-printing technique, which she developed from the traditional pâte de verre method. She watched these siblings mature one by one. Each has its own intention and direction, but all share the same DNA.

Length 25 cm
Width 17 cm

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