Shattering Boundaries: New Technologies & Techniques in Glass Today

Event organised by Apice

Conversations on Glass is streaming on the YouTube Channel of The Venice Glass Week.

Moderator: Rainald Franz, Curator Glass and Ceramics Collection, Cross-Collection Coordination and EU-Projects, Provenance Research and Restitution, MAK-Museum of Applied Arts, Vienna

Julia Koerner, Architect, Founder and Managing Director of JK Design GmbH
Susanne Jøker Johnssen, Project Director, European Glass and Ceramic Context at the Royal Danish Academy, School of Design

The Conference is in English.


Rainald Franz studied Art History in Vienna, Munich, Rome, London and Venice. Since 1992 he has worked for the MAK-Austrian Museum of Applied Arts / Contemporary Art, serving as Deputy Head of the Library and Works on Paper Collection from 1996-2011, as Provenance Research officer from 2000, and as Head of the Glass and Ceramics Collection and in charge of EU-Projects from October 2011. He also serves as Curator of the Josef Hoffmann Museum, Brtnice/Pirnitz, Czechia. He has curated various exhibitions including The Glass of the Architects. Vienna 1900-1937 and 300 Years of the Vienna Porcelain Manufacture, and co-curated handiCRAFT. Traditional Skills in the Digital Age. He has contributed to a number of publications and symposia including Gottfried Semper and Vienna, Leben mit Loos (Living with Loos); 300 Years of the Vienna Porcelain Manufacture; Adolf Loos. Private Houses, Josef Hoffmann. Progress by Beauty and Erwin Wurm. Ceramic Sculptures. Upcoming publications and exhibitions include Maiolica: splendour and sparkle of Italy. The MAK collection in context. He is Assistant Professor at Vienna University and University of Applied Arts, Vienna: History of Ornament. From 2007-2013 he served as Chair of the ICDAD-International Committee of Decorative Arts and Design and from 2011-2013 as Head of the Austrian Art Historians Association. Since 2019 he has been Craft Ambassador, Vienna for the Michelangelo Foundation and Homo Faber Guide.

Susanne Jøker Johnsen is an artist, curator and educator based in Copenhagen. She is head of exhibitions at The Royal Danish Academy - Architecture, Design, Conservation and the director of European Glass and Ceramic Context on the island of Bornholm in Denmark. She has taught at Pilchuck Glass School, Haystack Mountain School of Crafts and at the Studio at the Corning Museum of Glass on several occasions. She has participated in juries at The Coburg Prize for Contemporary Glass, Toyama International Glass Prize, New Glass Review 40th Anniversary Exhibition at Corning Museum of Glass and others. Her work is exhibited widely and is part of the permanent collections at Design Museum Denmark, Bornholm Art Museum, Glasmuseet Ebeltoft, Hempel Glass Museum and Tacoma Museum of Glass.

Tanja Pak holds a master's degree from the Royal College of Art, graduating from the Academy of Fine Arts, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia, where she now heads the Department of Glass and Ceramics. He has won numerous design awards, special prizes and artist residencies around the world, including The Corning Museum of Glass, Creative Glass Center of America, Pilchuck and Musée du Verre in France. He exhibits worldwide.

Maria Koshenkova (Russia, 1981) is a Russian/Danish artist.
In her glass sculptures, Koshenkova merge the essential raw conditions of being human–installed by her Eastern European background - with adopted Scandinavian aesthetics.
Maria has has exhibited nationally and world-wide for the past 17 years. Currently her glass works are part of the The Pavilion of Denmark "We Walk the Earth" at the 59th La Biennale di Venezia

Event Timings

Friday 23 September From 5:00 pm to 6:00 pm