Fons Uytdehaag price winner Groene Hart Kunstprijs ‘Jan met het groene hart’

My passion for making glass art started after I retired as virologist from a senior position in a global vaccine company and suddenly had ‘a sea of time’ to explore new horizons. The choice for glass art was made almost by default. When I stumbled across an introductory course in glass making, I thought I’d give it a try. And I was hooked right away. Glass is a wonderful medium—fluid and solid, flexible and fixed. In its molten state it’s a dancing, dangerous, almost sensual thing. It’s possible to direct this dance towards the fixed form, if you are skilled and experienced enough. For a beginner like me, there’s so much to learn. That’s part of the fascination.

For making my objects – with the assistance of master glass blower and artist Gert Bullée – I draw inspiration from the things that interests and excites me: nature, science, travel, humanity.

But my passion for glass is as much about exploring new technical skills as new ideas. In my recent artworks I use metals like brass, copper and metal mesh and all kind of metal oxides in the hope to create fascinating structures and color patterns. I hope that by showing other people my artworks, I might inspire them to think, or create, or contact me for a chat. It’s an invitation for dialogue.

Training

Workshop glass blowing
Henk Verwij
Februari 2012
Glasblazerij Leerdam

Summer workshop glass sandcasting
13 aug -18 aug, 2012
Effie Halkidis, Van Tetterode Glass Studio
Amsterdam

Course glass kiln casting
15 nov-18 nov, 2012
Effie Halkidis, Van Tetterode Glass Studio
Amsterdam

Workshop glass blowing
December 2012
Mia Lerssi & Katrin Maurer, Van Tetterode Glass Studio
Amsterdam

Glass fusion and casting
2012-2013
Sascha Hacska
Herenweg 1A, De Bilt

Glass blowing training
2012-present
Gert Bullée,
Van Tetterode Glass Studio
Amsterdam.
Glasblazerij Leerdam

Galleries representing my work (permanent work in stock)

Galerie Sille, Goudsestraatweg 8, 3421 GJ Oudewater. www.sillekunst.nl
Galerie Zeven Zomers, Marikenstraat 50, 6511 PX Nijmegen. www.zevenzomers.nl
Galerie Alosery, Zoetelaarpassage 38, 1315 AZ Almere. www.aloseryart.nl
Galerie Kunst 12, De Lind 12, 5061 HW Oisterwijk. (Start April 2020)

Publications & Awards

‘Fons Uytdehaag, ooit viroloog, nu glaskunstenaar’
Thea Figee, Glas; Vol. 18/1, 48-52
Groene Hart Kunstprijs 2017

Memberships

NABK sinds 2016
Kunstraad Dronten sinds 2020

Exhibitions 2020

January, 11 &12, Art Arnhem, Eusebius kerk, Arnhem.
March, 14 & 15, Brabant Art Fair, OLV kerk, Breda.
June, 6 & 7, De wilgengaarde, Benschop.
August, 3 – 30, Galerie Huis ter Heide.
May 2- sept 27, Galerie Kunst aan de Lek, Wijk bij Duurstede.

Exhibitions 2019

Brabant Art Fair, Breda.
Lambertuskerk. Raamsdonk.
Galerie ArtiJan, Kaatsheuvel.
Galerie ‘t Reghthuys, Nieuwkoop.
De Kunsttuin, Veenhuizen.
Galerie IRIS> AndersMooi, Woudsend.
Galerie De Kunstkamer, Franeker.
Nationale Kunstdagen, Nieuwegein.

Exhibitions 2018

Het Oude Raadhuis, Warmond.
Open atelier Veere, Middelburg
Galerie ZevenZomers, Nijmegen.
Art in Atrium, Stein.
Eye-Candy, Galerie Ammerlaan, Roosendaal.
Open Poortendag, Buggenum.
Kunst aan de EE, Woudsend.
Beeldentuin Mia Moreaux, Westerkerke, Belgie.
Galerie Zone , Leiden

Exhibitions 2017

Kunst in kasteel de Kinkelenburg, Bemmel.
Glas en Keramiekbeurs, Leerdam.
Galerie Rijlaarsdam, Nieuwkoop.
Jan Garamijnzaal, Brugge, Belgie.
Galerie ‘In de Molen’, Wassenaar.
Kasteel Rijckholt, Gronsveld.
17e kunstroute Kortemark, Belgie.
Galerie Terra Art, Zoetermeer.
Galerie Zone, Leiden.

Exhibitions 2016

International Glass Art Biennial, Kunststichting Perspectief vzw, Haacht, Belgie
Eye-Candy 13, Galerie Ammerlaan, Roosendaal.
Galerie ‘t Reghthuys, Nieuwkoop.
Kasteel Gronsveld, Gronsveld.
Galerie Zone, Leiden.

Exhibitions 2015

Meesterlijk, westergasfabriek, Amstyerdam.
Ruimte voor Kunst, De Bilt.
Galerie Zone, Leiden.