Exhibition » Refract² »

From September 14 to December 20, 2019, the Pierini Glass Art center proposes the exhibition « Refract² », 19 unique works realized in our workshops by Rob Stern and Ondrej Novotny. The exhibition is the crossroads of these two artists who have known each other for 25 years. This is their first joint exhibition

Glass sculptures created in our workshop : « MadeinPierini »

Every year, Pierini Glass Art center offers you the opportunity to meet and see work in Biot, alongside AntoinePierini, the artists who count on the international scene of glass art. This summer, Pierini glass art center was very proud to welcome on the Côte d’Azur, as part of its residency program of artists residencies , three essential figures:

Mathieu Grodet (France / Canada), from July 11 to 17, 2019
Rob Stern (United States), September 3 to 7, 2019
Ondrej Novotny (Czech Republic) from 10 to 14 September 2019

Rob Stern: the American artist with flamboyant works

From September 3rd to 14th, Rob Stern, American glass artist, realized in our workshop and in front of the visitors, 11 unique glass sculptures.

Rob Stern was born in Miami. He studied at the University of San Francisco where he studied art and discovered glass. He worked as an apprentice at John Lewis Glass, an industrial smelter in Oakland, for five years, then traveled to Europe for a semester to visit glass factories. He returns to the United States to begin his studies at Pilchuck Glass School. In 1992, after working as an assistant to the Czech master Petr Novotny, Rob Stern was invited to work at the Ajeto glassworks in the Czech Republic. This is the beginning of a long working relationship between them.

Rob Stern surprises with his large colorful sculptures that fit perfectly into living spaces to create connection and meaning. For 20 years, Rob Stern has been creating glass furniture and making very large sculptures for specific orders, in the public space or for private residences around the world.

« My creations and sculptures are just steps towards my quest for an understanding of life. My works act as a communication tool that seeks to connect my thoughts and actions to the collective human consciousness. A path that seeks insight and enlightenment, which carries me forward and always seems to bring me back to the glass. « 

Rob Stern teaches at Pilchuck Glass School (WA), Penland School of Crafts (NC), Bild-Werk Frauenau (Germany), Glass Furnace (Turkey), the University of Miami, and University of Texas in Arlington.

Ondrej Novotny : the exploration of illusions

From 9 to 14 September 2019, Ondrej Novotny created 8 sculptures. will explore illusions of complex patterns, often mathematically confusing, which contrast with the optical qualities of glass. We can appreciate these surprising hypnotic effects, as much when he creates the piece as when it will be exposed.

Ondrej Novotny is the youngest son of Petr Novotny, an internationally renowned Czech glassmaker who was one of the pioneers of the Glass Studio Movement in the 1980s. At the age of 14, Ondrej began working on glass He decides to do it professionally and trains at the Glass Art School in Novy Bor. At the end of his studies in 2004, he traveled throughout the United States and Europe to gain experience and perfect his technique. In 2010, Ondrej becomes Martin Janecky’s assistant and takes another look at the glass. Recently he has worked for artists and designers in the Netherlands and the Czech Republic.

« I appreciate every aspect of glass making. The physical requirement to work a material with as much movement and intensity can be a challenge as much as a joy. The result is something that will always amaze me. Over the years, my enthusiasm for the unlimited possibilities of this material has become a passion. Not only for glass, but also for the people involved in the process. It’s a big community and a magic material. « 

For this exhibition, the two artists were assisted by Antoine Pierini’s team, including Jérôme Chion and Maxime Bocquet, faithful to the Pierini family for years, but also many glassmakers who came from all over France to assist them hot and cold work. Antoine Pierini also collaborated with the two artists during an exceptional demo that took place on September 14th in front of 150 people present for the occasion.
The exhibition « Refract² » presents a rather large sample of their respective universe.