Svend holst-pedersen unika glas
Svend Holst-Pedersen prefers to create one-off works of art. His creations are the results of years of studying the malleability of glass and the possibilities of the process of casting in sand. At his workshop in the former railway station building in Rø, he has been developing his sand-casting technique for twenty years, driven by his insistent fascination with surface textures and testing the limits of the materials. Svend Holst-Pedersen’s works of glass art can be experienced at his shop and gallery in Svaneke, where you can explore his figurative and corporeal sand castings. Svend’s involvement with glass began in the 1990s, and he belongs to the first generation of glass art designers who graduated from the Bornholm Glass and Ceramic School in 2000. Svend’s sources of inspiration include study visits with Swedish glass designer Bertil Vallien in Åfors, Sweden, and British ceramist Jim Robison, whose use of unconventional accessories to print in clay prompted Svend to continue his focus on sand casting and the surfaces of glass – as well as experiments with everything from string vests to cistern ball valves. Svend has subsequently developed his techniques of treating surfaces and integrating other materials into the casting process. Inspired by elements of nature such as the structure of wood, sand-polished stone at the water’s edge and how water penetrates rock crevices, he has exhibited his sensual, expressive works in both Denmark and abroad. It is particularly his exploration of the interconnectedness of nature and humans – themes such as fossils, prehistoric times, and tribal culture – that is reflected in Svend’s craft art today.
When the molten glass is removed from the melting furnace, it is extremely hot at 1,240°C. This dramatic, filthy and fascinating process demands insight and the mastery of hot tools. Svend Holst-Pedersen’s initial experiences in the early 1990s were accompanied by burnt eyebrows, burn scars and great inquisitiveness. It is particularly the sand moulds’ potential for surface variations and technically imaginative processing that have become the hallmarks of Svend Holst-Pedersen’s glass objects. He has now mastered this burning-hot process of converting the sand mould into living, sensual glass sculptures.
Petrified wood integrates a rough wooden material into the casting process. In this meticulously managed process, molten glass is cast around a wooden element, imprinting and transforming the materials as their surfaces interact. The molten glass envelops the wood, which burns, creating a charred, petrified-like surface whose shape and textures are imprinted into the glass. The materials are rapidly cooled and processed separately, after which they merge as they mutually adapt to one another. This is an artful process involving temperature and timing. The subtleties and aesthetic quality of the glass meet the rough figurative shapes of nature to create Svend Holst-Pedersen’s distinctive mode of expression.