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Bibi Smit

  • Glassblower
  • Loosdrecht, Netherlands
  • Master Artisan
Bibi Smit Glassblower
Dutch, English, French, German
By appointment only
+31 623142184
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Reflections of nature

  • • Bibi learned her craft from three master glassblowers
  • • Dutch skies and movement in nature are her muse
  • • She studied at art school in the United Kingdom

Whilst at art college in Farnham, England, Bibi Smit observed some students from the glass department holding glass blowing pipes, the hot molten glass glowing and dancing. She was mesmerised, a moment of revelation, that glass could be used as a medium for art. Three master glassblowers helped her to hone her glassmaking skills: David Kaplan in Scotland, Willem Heesen in the Netherlands and Boyd Sugiki in the US. Using free-blowing techniques often combined with cold glass techniques, her inspiration comes from observing natural phenomena such as murmurations (swarms of sparrows) and the ever-changing shapes of clouds. Her glass art encompasses elaborate installations of swarms of birds in flight, intertwining cloud shaped vessels and sculptures.

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Photo: ©Laura Majolino

Cluster of sculptures displayed on a mirrored surface that reflects the blown-glass elements. In this detail, each sculpture is unique and resembles an amorphous shape stretched from inside out with a circular curved rim. Inspired by Dutch skies, the abstract sculptures appear in shades of blue.

Photo: ©Frieda Mellema

This installation is composed of six blown-glass elements, freely formed and inspired by the clouds at dawn. The elements have both lightness and softness, interlocking while leaning on each other in a fluid movement. In the delicate silhouettes, the hues change from blues to gentle pastel colours.

Photo: ©Laura Majolino

Installation of 400 glass elements inspired by movement in nature. The starlings transform and dive as they approach each other. Each bird is crafted individually with a hook on the top where it hangs from a metal thread. The blue recycled glass moves from light to darker shades creating accentuated depth.

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