Where did you train?
The basis of my education and my initial training in handicrafts came from my grandmother, the knitter Alma Tavare, as well as my mother Aina Groza, who was a weaver and a knitter. So I can say that the basis of my education is my family.
Where do you find inspiration?
For me, it is important to create sketches, which are an indispensable element in the creation of a work of art, especially in glass art. In the field of literature, a sketch is sometimes called an essay or a draft of a literary work, and that's also what I call my sketchpads.
© Vineta Groza
How would you define what you do?
I preserve existing traditions in glass arts and crafts, while teaching and inspiring the younger generation not to lose or ignore them. I am a teacher.
How does tradition influence innovation?
Nowadays, tradition is not a fashionable word, unlike new terms like sustainability. Traditions balance instability and protect against radical changes. The past is the basis of the present, hence traditions are the basis of everything that is happening now. So, innovations based on traditions will be sustainable.