PÉTER BORKOVICS

Hungarian Glass Show Recap (VIDEO)

"I first became interested in the fact that glass is liquid. Any object made of glass goes through different machines, techniques, and professional tricks until it reaches its final stage. During the time I was leaving high school, I was interested in wire glass – how the framework grabs this type of glass when it is deformed and leaves an exciting flow behind. My previous glass pieces were organic forms or tracery. My geometrical, striped blocks are simple prisms from outside. The shapes get more hectic inside, appearing as if I have turned them inside out. The colorful glass sheets are melted and the inside colors and shapes are formed by the heat. The continuous, parallel stripes symbolize the harmony of nature and the eternal circle of time. This is where we were born; we are part of it. The circular or rectangular frame in the middle expresses the human presence; the exact thinking. Rotating these circles and squares shows the the ever changing civilization and the ways in which we think. The struggles of time we fill with our lives, the lived moments, the tiny speck of dust in the eternal and inconceivable universe. It is like a stone which is thrown into water, man is born, and something has changed. Both types of shaping require different types of people. The cold shaping needs calmer, reflective, consequent personality and suggests unlimited time. The hot one is fire itself. It is virtuoso, energetic, experienced, forward thinking, and sensitive, improvising, transforming, alive. I deal with the union of these two types. The creative spark of the hot glass is brought together with the cleanness, transparency, and play of light that the cold glass encompasses. It originated as a stroke of genius, matures in the atmosphere of inspiration and we finish it as an experienced master, as it is worth doing in our own aesthetic culture. It can only be attained with the forces of love and humility. It is very exciting!"


Education:

1994: Hungarian Academy of Craft and Design, Budapest, Degree in Glass and Porcelain Design

1996: Masters Degree in Glass

2002-Current: Hungarian University of Craft and Design: Doctor of Uberal Arts School

Awards:

2004 Noemi Ferenczy Award / State award
2002 Erasmus scholarship, Milano
2002 National Design Competition, Minister's award (for finger glasses)
1998 Lajos Kozma Art and Crafts Fellowship
1994 Laszlo Moholy-Nagy Design Fellowship
1993 Artrevue '93, 2nd prize, Budapest
1993 Artemide Hungarian Lamp Competition, 1st Prize, VAM Gallery, Budapest