Zora Palova

Zora Palova studies painting and sculpture from 1971-1975 at the Academy of Fine Arts in Bratislava, Slovakia. Today she is an independent artist living and working in Bratislava. In 1996 Zora Palova became research professor and a teacher of glass sculpture at the University of Sunderland in England. She then transitioned to visiting professor in 2003 so that she could focus on her own work.

“Her understanding and use of glass is gestural, emotional, and grounded in the natural world, rather than being philosophical or geometry-based. She prefers to work with light using rough textures and transparent color in glass, rather than with its reflection off the smooth surfaces of colorless optical glass. Yet, the discipline of working with glass in conceptual and theoretical ways (during her years of study with professor Cigler), has provided an important framework for her highly expressive sculpture, which is imbued with an emotional depth and intellectual gravity.”

Excerpt from Corning Museum of Glass lecture mediated by Tina Oldknow, October 17, 2008

Zora Palova studies painting and sculpture from 1971-1975 at the Academy of Fine Arts in Bratislava, Slovakia. Today she is an independent artist living and working in Bratislava. In 1996 Zora Palova became research professor and a teacher of glass sculpture at the University of Sunderland in England. She then transitioned to visiting professor in 2003 so that she could focus on her own work.

“Her understanding and use of glass is gestural, emotional, and grounded in the natural world, rather than being philosophical or geometry-based. She prefers to work with light using rough textures and transparent color in glass, rather than with its reflection off the smooth surfaces of colorless optical glass. Yet, the discipline of working with glass in conceptual and theoretical ways (during her years of study with professor Cigler), has provided an important framework for her highly expressive sculpture, which is imbued with an emotional depth and intellectual gravity.”

Excerpt from Corning Museum of Glass lecture mediated by Tina Oldknow, October 17, 2008

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