Sally Pryor wrote in The Sydney Morning Herald : “He introduced the world of glass to Canberra and, in the process, introduced Canberra to the world.
Artist Klaus Moje, who founded the Glass Workshop at the Australian National University School of Art, has died at the age of 79 after a few months of ill health.
Considered a giant in the world glass art scene and the "grandfather" of Australian studio glass, Moje pioneered a fused glass technique using specially developed glass rods.”
“Moje was also instrumental in setting up the Canberra Glassworks in the former Kingston Powerhouse in 2007, following a concerted campaign for a workshop and gallery for the capital's emerging glass artists. He retired from teaching more than two decades ago, and had been living and working on the south coast until his illness.
He was appointed an honorary Officer of the Order of Australia in 2006 for his service to visual arts. “
Arts curator Nola Anderson said Moje would remain in the memories of countless Canberrans who had learned from him. "There are so many students who would remember his mentoring," she said. "You only have to look at how many people were exhibited in the Glassworks from ANU to see how many Canberra connections he had."
Born in Germany in 1936 to a family of glass workers, he studied glass art Rheinbach and Hadamr, and began his artistic career creating carved and polished glass sculptures, before discovering fused glass techniques that would come to define his work. His works are held in hundreds of private collections, and in more than 60 public collections both in Australia and internationally, including the National Gallery of Australia, the Victoria and Albert Museum in London and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.
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