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Bernard Heesen

  • Glasblazerij de Oude Horn
  • Glassblower
  • Acquoy, Netherlands
  • Master Artisan
Bernard Heesen Glassblower
Dutch, English, French, German
By appointment only
+31 (0)654325746
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Rebel with an artistic cause

  • • Bernard is a maverick glass maker
  • • Books and atlases from the 19th century are his muse
  • • A musical instrument was wrought by his hand

Bernard Heesen’s glass making career was not something he initially planned, having chosen architecture as his major. He was side-tracked by glass making when helping out in his father’s glass studio back in the late 70s. Here, a fascination with molten glass eventually lured him into becoming a glass artist himself. Marking this momentous U-turn in his life, he climbed Mount Etna, where his free, maker’s spirit came to the fore when trying to blow bubbles from the hot lava. He continues to explore by investigating the possibilities that glassblowing conjures without the ballast of glass making traditions and their techniques. His oeuvre is ornamental and quirky – everyday objects such as wine decanters wrought into decorative surrealism.

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  • © Bernard Heesen
  • © Bernard Heesen
  • © Bernard Heesen
  • © Bernard Heesen
  • © Bernard Heesen
Photo: © Bernard Heesen
Verre brut

This series of different shaped hand-blown glasses is made using rough, broken stones as shaping material. The collection is made from purple hued glass or a deep orange hue.

Height 20 cm

Photo: © Bernard Heesen
À la façon Indienne

This sculptural piece is hand blown from glass, translates as "In the Indian way". Bernard Heesen has first shaped an elephant that he then covers in intricately detailed leaves and flowers.

Height 30 cm
Width 15 cm

Photo: © Bernard Heesen
Broken and repaired vase

This glass vase is crafted from two vases. The second – yellow – vase is blown into the outer green vase. The thermic shock created when placing the molten hot glass against the previously formed vase, causes the green one to crack. But Bernard Heesen heats the combined form immediately afterwards, melting the cracks together.

Height 22 cm
Diameter 18 cm

Photo: © Bernard Heesen

This colourful glass jug is assembled by fusing previously formed glass flowers together.

Height 30 cm
Width 15 cm

Photo: © Bernard Heesen

This jar is formed from handblown glass. Bernard Heesen contrasts blue hues of glass against a gold hued iridescent glass. Iridescent gold tentacles come out from the jar, hanging on its ledge.

Height 50 cm
Diameter 20 cm

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