The first prize, worth 15.000 Euros, goes to the Norwegian Æsa Björk. Her work “Fragments”, which consists of two large, convex lenses, is based on a particularly sophisticated manufacturing technique. The fragile pâte de verre texture of the blistered, in some places perforated glass surface, with its silvery sheen and resulting reflections has something magical about it, reminiscent of the Big Bang and the creation of the universe.
The Irish artist Alison Lowry wins the second prize of 10.000 Euros for her sculptural group of christening gowns and baby shoes, executed in the most delicate pâte de verre technique. Lowry succeeds in creating a touching memorial to the decades of tragic treatment of illegitimate children in church run mother-and-baby homes in Ireland.
Judith Röder from Germany received the 3rd prize, endowed with 5.000 Euros, for an installation made of superficially antiquated overhead projectors. Discarded window panes serve as projection templates. These seemingly unimportant remnants are impressively recontextualized in the projected image, reminiscent of micro and macro photographs from nature.
Other award winners are Petr Stanický, Czech Republic, who receives the Senior Prize of the Alexander Tutsek-Stiftung (> 45 years, € 5.000), Slovakian Kristína Ligačová, who receives the Prize of the Alexander Tutsek-Stiftung (€ 2.000) and Zuzana Kubelková, Czech Republic, receiving the Prize of the Achilles-Stiftung (< 35 years, € 2.000). The Honorary Prize in memory of Otto Waldrich (€ 2.000, donated by Gertrud Bartelmus) goes to the Swedish artist Ulla Forsell.
Doc Magr. Katarína Beňová, PhD, Curator Slovenská národná galéria, Bratislava
Dr. Sven Hauschke, Director Kunstsammlungen der Veste Coburg
Maja Heuer, Project leader Unika historiska Kalmar Län
Franz X. Höller, Artist, Zwiesel
Reino Liefkes, Senior Curator Ceramics and Glass, Victoria & Albert Museum, London
Anne Vanlatum, Conseiller Artistique, MusVerre, Sars-Poteries
Dr. Verena Wasmuth, Art Consultant, Berlin