30 November 2008
Internationally renowned glass artist Klaus Moje is, in many ways, a founding father of the contemporary Australian glass movement. His life-long affair with the material began in the early 1950s as a glass cutter and grinder at the Moje family workshop in Hamburg, Germany.
During the 1960s and 1970s he explored the expressive potential of glass and began exhibiting internationally. Since 1979 he has taught regularly at the annual Pilchuck Glass School in the United States and has conducted innumerable workshops around the world.
In 1982 Moje emigrated to Australia to become the founding Head of the Glass Workshop at the Canberra School of Art. His work is held in more than 50 public collections in Australia and overseas and he has been the recipient of many significant awards in Australia, Europe and the United States.
Moje is best known for his dramatically coloured vessels and wall panels - laminated colour fields of intense geometric and abstract patterns. After five decades he continues to push the technical and expressive possibilities of glass and is today producing some of the finest work of his career.