Tanja Pak

Short Biography

Tanja Pak

Tanja Pak was born in Slovenia. She obtained her BA degree in industrial design at the Academy of Fine Arts in Ljubljana in 1994 and her master degree at the Royal College of Art (Ceramics and Glass) in London in 1996.

She has been a professor at the Academy of Fine Arts and Design, University of Ljubljana, since 2001, where she heads the Glass and Ceramics Course. In October 2013 she is to be promoted to full professor.

In 2013 she was invited to the Bullseye R&E Center in Portland, Oregon, to work on implementation of kiln glass processes in design and presenting the project and the conceptual process at BeCon Conference in June 2013.

She has held professional residencies in New Mexico, 2012 and Scotland, 2011. She received a Pilchuck Scholarship in 1999 and held a six-week fellowship at the Creative Glass Center of America, Pennsylvania, USA in 2001, a residency in New York, and a two-month residency in 2009 at the Pilchuck Glass School, Washington, USA.

From 2005 she has headed the Glesia Gallery where she has been committed to the presentation of new works by contemporary sculptors.

In both 2008 and 2009 she received the Red Dot Design Honorable Mention Award. In 2011 she received the Design of the Year Award in Slovenia.

Her works have been published in a variety of prominent international publications. She works in her own studio in Ljubljana, Slovenia.


Academy of Fine Arts and Design, Ljubljana, SI - graduated industrial designer, BA, 1994

Royal College of Art, London, GB - Master of Arts, MA(Ceramics and Glass), 1996

Professional experience

University of Ljubljana, Academy of Fine Arts and Design, Slovenia, full time lecturing from 2002, establishing and heading the Glass and ceramics course from 2009. Assistant professor from 2002, associate professor since 2008.

Freelance designer, working in own studio, from 1996.

Collaborating with different teams of professionals to execute her design and large-scale installation art project.

Directing Glesia Gallery in Ljubljana, from 2005 to 2011.

Awards and residencies

Artist Exchange Program, Bullseye R&E center, Portland, USA, 5 weeks residency, 2013

Professional residency, New Mexico, USA, 2012

Master class with James Carpenter, Bornholm, DK, 2012

New Glass Review 33

Designer of the Year 2011/ SI

Professional residency, Northlands Glass, UK 2011

Pilchuck Residency, USA, 2009

Red Dot Honorable Mention Design Award 2009

Red Dot Honorable Mention Design Award 2008

New Glass Review 29

Washington University, staff mobility exchange program, october 2014

Corning Museum of Glass Studio artist in residence, march 2014

New Glass Review 35

Erasmus exchange program / NCAD, Dublin, IR, 2013

Creative Glass Center of America, NJ, Fellowship, 2001

Pilchuck Scholarship, USA, 1999


Establishing and heading the Glass and Ceramics Course at the Academy of Fine Arts, University of Ljubljana.

Heading the sculpture program in Glesia Gallery in Ljubljana since 2005.

Speaker at GSOI conference, Dublin, November 2013.

Erasmus exchange – lecturing at the National College of Design, Dublin, Ireland, October 2013.

TA at Angela Thwaites workshop at NCOD, Dublin, October 2013.

Speaker at BeCon 2013 Conference in Portland, June 2013 (Title: Poetry of Production).

Artist Exchange Program, Bullseye R&E Center, Portland, USA, 5½ weeks residency, 2013.

Professional residency (invited) in New Mexico, USA, 2012.

Master class with James Carpenter, Bornholm, Denmark, 2012.

European Glass Context 2012 (attending and exhibiting).

Ceepus exchange – lecturing at Krakow University, 10 days, Poland, Oct. 2011.

Professional residency (invited) at Northlands Glass Center, Scotland, 2011.

Two-month Emerging Artist in Residence residency, Pilchuck Glass School, WA, USA, 2009.

European Glass Context 2008 (attending and exhibiting).

One-month residency in New York, Dec.2008.

Northlands Conference in 2005 (attending).

Coburg Glass Symposium in 2006 (as presenter).

Panel behind the Glass Curtain, SOFA, Museum of Arts and Design, New York, USA, 2003 (presenter).

Six-week fellowship at the Creative Glass Center of America, Wheaton Village, USA, 2001.

Presentation and key-note lecture, ECERS World Conference, Portorož, SI, 2005 (abstract published).

Pilchuck Glass School in selected glass of Maria Porges and Tina Aufiero, scholarship received, USA, 1999.

Workshop with Judy Hill, Jacksonville, Fl, USA, 1999.

Visits to: GAS Conferences in 1998, 1999, 2001, 2002, 2004, 2007.

Public lectures at Washington University, Seattle, 2014

Public lecture at Corning Museum of Glass, NY, 2014

Permanent Public Installations / selected

2011 In My World, European Central Bank, Frankfurt, Germany
2010–2011 Voyage, Installation, Luka Koper Headquarters, Koper, SI - in progress
2009–2011 A Fountain, Installation, Laško Spa, Laško, SI
2008 A Chandelier, 365 Glass Drops, Installation, Laško Spa, Laško, SI
2007 Boats, BTC Headquarters, Ljubljana, SI
2002 Fluctuations - to the Soča River, Kobarid Public Library, Kobarid, SI
2001 Trees, Nova Ljubljanska Banka’s Art Collection, Ljubljana, SI
1999 Fluid, Multimedia Installation, Ljubljana Castle, Ljubljana, SI

Individual Exhibitions / selected

2011–2012 Within / I held my breath but the world kept on dreaming, multimedia glass installation, Ljubljana’ Castle, SI
Pointé, glass installation, Ljubljana’ Castle, SI
2010–2011 Dreaming Away, multimedia glass installation, Ljubljana’ Castle, SI
The Moment After, multimedia glass installation, Ljubljana’ Castle, SI
2009 Flow, Red Dot 2009, Glesia Gallery, Ljubljana, SI
Tanja Pak, Sculptures, Council of Europe, Strassbourg, FR
2008 Lara, Red Dot 2008, Glesia Gallery, Ljubljana, SI
2006 Undulations. Again. Glesia Gallery, Ljubljana, SI
2004 Traces, St. Vit, Dravograd, KGLU Slovenj Gradec, SI
2003 Red and Black, Marjan Lovšin Gallery, Ljubljana, SI
2002 In the Water, Marjan Lovšin Gallery, Ljubljana, SI
1999 Searchings, Miklova Hiša Gallery, Ribnica, SI
Light Objects, Ars Gallery, Ljubljana, SI
1998 Whisperings, Ljubljana Castle, Ljubljana, SI

Group Exhibitions / selected

2013 Chroma Culture, Bullseye Gallery, Portland, USA
Inspired by Nature, Hempel Glass Museum, Denmark
Hot Glass, CAA, London, UK
2012 Glass in Context 2012, Bornholm Art Museum, Denmark
Silent Revolutions - Contemporary Design in Slovenia, Helsinki, FI
Coincidencies II / Exhibition of Slovenian artists, Galerija Murska Sobota, SI
2011 Silent Revolutions - Contemporary Design in Slovenia, Tent Gallery, London, UK
Silent Revolutions - Contemporary Design in Slovenia, Eindhoven, NL
Month of Design – All Awards Design, Ljubljana, SI
Modern Art in Slovenia, European Central Bank, Frankfurt, Germany
2010 AllAwardsDesign, Zavod Big, Viba, Ljubljana, Slovenia
Ambiente, Talents 2010 Frankfurt Messe, Frankfurt, Germany
2009 Rotovž, Lemberg, with Mirsad Begić
Red Dot 2009, Red Dot Design Museum, Essen, Germany
Fusing Art and Glass, Glass Museum Frauenau, Germany
2008 RedDot.si, Mestni muzej Ljubljana, SI
Red Dot 2008, Red Dot Design Museum, Essen, Germany
Glass in Context 2008, Bornholm Art Museum, Denmark
2007 CGCA Fellowship Alumni, Museum of American Glass, NJ, USA
2006 20th Biennial of Industrial Design, Ljubljana, SI
Presentation of Slovenian Glass Design, Coburg Glass Symposium, Coburg, Germany
2005 Presentation and lecture, ECERS, Portorož, SI
Installations on the Grass, Kogl, Velika Nedelja, SI
2004 19th Biennial of Industrial Design, Ljubljana, SI
2003 20/20 Vision, The Creative Glass Center of America, NJ, USA
Safet Zec, Tanja Pak, Zlatko Prica / Paintings, Glass, Bronze, Trbovlje, SI
Panel Behind the Glass Curtain, SOFA, MAD, NY, USA
2002 Lux Europae 2002, Copenhagen, Denmark
18th Biennial of Industrial Design, Ljubljana, SI
2001 Contemporary Glass Exhibition, China Millennium Museum in Beijing, and Shanghai Museum of Fine Art, China
29th International Glass Invitational, Habatat Galleries, Pontiac, USA
2000 International Exhibition Nanjing, China
L’Eurofeu au Pays de Liege, Belgium
17th Biennial of Industrial Design, Ljubljana, SI
1999 A Gathering of Glass, Sable V Fine Art Gallery, Wimberley, Texas, USA
Glass Art Society Expo International II, Tampa, Florida, USA
1998 Expo '98, Lisbon, Portugal
1997 Design from Slovenia, Rokus, Ljubljana, SI
1996 Centenerary Degree Show, Royal College of Art, London, UK
1993 Celebrating Slovenia, Liberty's, London, UK

International Publications / selected

2013 DESIGN; Jiry Pelcl, Academy of Arts, Design and Architecture, CZ
2012 PIRANESI / 1st Central – European Architectural Magazine for the Culture of the Environment; number 30, vol.20, pages 94-99; Light Captured in Glass; Robert Potokar
New Glass / Neues Glass; number 3/12; p.9; European Glass Context 2012
NEW GLASS REVIEW 33, ISSN 0275-469X, The Corning museum of Glass
EuropeanGlassContext2012, Susanne Joker Johnsen, ISBN 978-87-89059-79-2, Bornholm Kunstmuseum
THE GLASS QUATERLY HOT SHEET; Tanja Pak Brings Two New Multimedia Installations to Ljubljana Castle, Andrew Page
2011 CONTEMPORARY ART FROM SLOVENIA, European Central Bank in cooperation with Banka Slovenije, ISBN 978-92-899-0802-3
NEW GLASS / NEUES GLASS; number 1/2011, spring 2011; p.57,59; Personalia
THE GLASS QUATERLY HOT SHEET, Three Questions for Tanja Pak, http://blog.glassquaterly.com/2011/01/18/three-questions-for-tanja-pak/
JUTARNJI LIST, 8.1.2011, p.42,43; B.Blašković;Trenutak zamrznutog vremena ili snovidenje
2010 DNEVNIK, 22.12.2010, p. 24, Poti življenja, ulite v steklu
SCHONER WOHNEN, july 2010, p. 26
DOM&DESIGN, 31.3.2010, pp. 39-43; B.Blašković
TOPFAIR, AMBIENTE, Talents; 12.-16.2.2010, p. 26
2009 RED DOT DESIGN YEARBOOK 2009/2010 – LIVING, Peter Zec, Red Dot publishing
NEW GLASS; number 2/2009, summer 2009; p.59; Personalia
GLASS, Urban Glass Quarterly, ISSN 1064-900X, number 114, spring 2009; p.23, Hourglass: Glass Installation Adorns European Spa
GLASS; Urban Glass Quarterly, ISSN 1064-900X, No.113, winter 2008/2009, p.80; Tanja Pak, European Studio Glass / A Search for Identity
2008 GLASS, Urban Glass Quarterly, number 113, winter 2008-09, p.80
CONTEMPORARY GLASS, Craig, Blanche, ISBN 978 906155 360, Black Dog Publishing
EuropeanGlassContext2008, Susanne Joker Johnsen, ISBN 978-87-89059-79-2, p.112-113, Bornholm Kunstmuseum
RED DOT DESIGN YEARBOOK 2008/2009 – LIVING, Peter Zec, ISBN 978-3-89939-097-1, p.259, Red Dot publishing
2007 NEW GLASS REVIEW 28, ISSN 0275-469X, p.36 (Black With a Rim), The Corning Museum of Glass
Dnevnik – a review of Undulations. Again.
2006 GLASS; Urban Glass Quarterly, No.105, Winter 2006/2007, p.59, Fluid - a review by Gediminas Gasparavicius, Glass Quarterly NY
2005 Ecers – abstract book, p.24, abstract
2004 WALLPAPER NAVIGATOR, ISSN 1364-4475, Issue 2, p.50
TRACES; Monographic publication, 748(497.4):929 Pak T.(064), COBBIS.SI-ID 52805889
2003 20/20 VISION, ISBN 0-9742107-0-6 p.22., Museum of American Glass, NJ
2002 LUX EUROPAE 2002, ISBN 87 7429 096 7, The Danish Cultural Institute
INTERNATIONAL GLASS ART, R.W Yelle, ISBN 0-7643-1834-9 p.238-239, A Schiffer Art Book
2001 The 29th Annual International Glass Invitational; The Creative Process, ISBN 1-928572-00-6 p.108-109, Habatat Galleries
2000 International Contemporary Art Interflow Exhibition Comitee, China
L'Eurofeu au Pays de Liege, ISBN D2000/4540/03 p.103, Office Povincial desMetiers d'Art de Liege, Belgium
Jingsu Art Monthly, ISSN 1005-689, p.11-13, China
1999 SEARCHINGS, dr.Stane Bernik, dr.Jure Mikuž, UDK 748(497.4)(064), COBBIS.SI-ID 103986176, monographic publication
FLUID – TANJA PAK, dr.Stane Bernik, ISSN 1318-9026.-ŠT.43, STR.22