"...Max Laeuger, born in Lörrach, Germany in 1864, was a multi-talented
artist who created graphics, craft objects, ceramics, interior and
garden architecture. He was also a professor and writer. From 1881 to
1884 Laeuger studied painting and interior design with Franz Sales Mayer
at the Arts and Crafts School in Karlsruhe. He later taught there while
working at potteries in Kandern during vacations. Between 1892 and
1893, he studied at the Academie Julian in Paris. In 1893, Laeuger began
making lead glazed slipware, which he subsequently produced at the
workshop of J. Armbruster in Kandern. His vases were decorated with
low-relief designs and painted in bright colors..."
"...Neil Wilkin is Britain's most important hot-glass maker. He is a product of the studio glass movement but within that two entirely different things: an artist in his own right with a vision that he uses his own skills to articulate; and a glass master in the old sense of the term, a leader coordinating the multiple skills and abilities of a team to realise the visions of other artists. These two separate though related aspects of Wilkin and his work need always to be borne in mind.
Architecturally, sculpturally, decoratively hot and cold glass expands its potential and complexity and its ability to present and solve fresh problems. Neil Wilkin is a key figure in the ongoing development of this movement and its relevance to our aesthetic and practical needs. As the master, the coordinator of group skills and the vehicle for the creative activity of others he keeps alive traditions of glass making older than glass in Britain, and on home ground he is without peer and sought internationally for his skills. As an artist in his own right he brings an approach, a vision, an artistry that challenges us and expands our awareness of what glass is and can do, and Britain and British glass are the richer for his presence..."
Michael Robinson - Former curator of Applied Arts Ulster Museum Northern Ireland, UK
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