Tanja Pak

Short Biography

Tanja Pak

Tanja Pak achieved a master’s degree at the Royal College of Art (Glass and Ceramics) in London in 1996, having graduated in industrial design from the Academy of Fine Art of the University of Ljubljana in 1994. She developed and implemented the new Applied Arts / Glass and Ceramics course to the University in 2009. She has served as head of the department since 2009. In 2014 she was promoted to full professor.

She is creatively committed to design of functional glass objects and artistic spatial installations.

More important group exhibitions include 45th Intvitational International at Habatat Galleries, Michigan, USA, 2017, International Glass Kanazawa in Japan, 2016, Glass+A in Venice, 2014, Inspired by Nature, Hempel Museum in Denmark, 2013, Chroma Culture in Bullseye Gallery in Portland, 2013, Glass in Context, Denmark, 2012 and 2008, LuxEuropae2002 in Copenhagen, 2002.

She created her most distinctive independent site-specific exhibitions, Within and Pointe, Dreaming Away, A Moment After – Alina and Whisperings in dialogue with the architecture of Ljubljana Castle. Her recent solo exhibition in Ljubljana, InBeetweennes, was set in the challenging space of Kresija Gallery.

Her permanent installations include, among others, Reveries / From Here to There, in Center of Poetry of Tomaz Salamun in Ljubljana (2016), In My World (European Central Bank, Frankfurt, 2011), 365 Glass Drops in Thermana Spa (2008), Fluctuations – To the Soca river in public library Kobarid (2002), and Fluid at Ljubljana Castle (2009).

She lectures at international conferences of art and design in glass. Within the framework of university exchanges she lectured at the University of Washington in Seattle in 2014, at National College of Art and Design in Dublin, where she also acts as external examiner, in 2013, and at the University of Krakow in 2012.

Her fellowships and residencies include Corning Museum of Glass Studio residency and Creative Glass Center of America fellowship in 2014, Bullseye R&E Center residency in Portland in 2013, Norway in 2015, New Mexico in 2012 and Scotland in 2011. She received a Pilchuck Scholarship in 1999 and fellowship at the Creative Glass Center of America in 2001, a residency in New York in 2008, and in 2009 at the Pilchuck Glass School, WA USA. In 2015 she participated in the International Glass Symposium in Novy Bor, Czech Republic.

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 were selected for New Glass Review 37 (2016), 35 (2014), 33 (2012) and 29 (2008). She was Chevening scholarship receiver.

Her works were published in international publications and are held in public and private collections. She works in her studio in Ljubljana.

Current Position

University of Ljubljana, Ljubljana, Slovenia
Academy of Fine Arts and Design, Department of Industrial Design and Applied Arts,
Head of Applied Arts course, full professor


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

Academy of Fine Arts and Design, University in Ljubljana
BFA in Industrial Design

Professional experience

University in Ljubljana, Academy of Fine Arts and Design, Slovenia, full time lecturing from 2002, forming and heading the Glass and ceramics course from 2009. Assistant professor from 2002, associate professor since 2008, full professor since 2014.

Freelance designer/artist, 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

Full professorship, 2014

Red Dot Honorable Mention Design Award 2009

Red Dot Honorable Mention Design Award 2008

Designer of the Year 2011/ Sl

New Glass Review 37, 2016

New Glass Review 35, 2014

New Glass Review 33, 2012

New Glass Review 29, 2008

Receiver of the atelier in Švicerija Creative Center in Ljubljana for the period of five years, 2017

Cill Rialaigh residency, IR, 2018

Cill Rialaigh residency, IR, 2017

International Glass Kanazawa finalist, 2016

International Glass Symposium, active participation, Novy Bor, CZ, oct. 2015

Arctic Glass Studio, Norway, Professional residency, N, feb. 2015

University of Washington, Professor exchange program, WA, 2014

Creative Glass Center of America, Fellowship, NJ, USA, fall 2014

Corning Museum of Glass Studio, Artist in residence, NY, USA, 2014

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

New Mexico, Professional residency (invited), NM, USA, 2012

Masterclass with James Carpenter, Bornholm, DK, 2012

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

Pilchuck residency, Emerging Artist in Residence, WA, USA 2009

One month artist residency in New York (Ministry of Culture, Slovenia), Dec. 2008

Creative Glass Center of America, Fellowship, NJ, 2001

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

Pilchuck Scholarship, WA, USA, 1999

Chevening scholarship 1995

Valvasor – Chevening scholarship 1994

Individual Exhibitions / selected

2018 The Tales of a Breath, Glass Atrium at Ljubljana City Hall, Ljubljana, SI
2017 Paths, Atelje galerija, Ljubljana, SI
Tanja Pak, Brands&Signs, Month of Design, Ljubljana, SI
2015-2016 InBetweennes, Kresija Gallery, Ljubljana, SI
2013 A Walk in a Desert, Atelje Galerija, Ljubljana, SI
2011-2012 Within / I held my breath but the world kept on dreaming, multimedia installation, Ljubljana’ Castle, SI
Pointé, glass installation, Ljubljana’ Castle, SI
2010-2011 Dreaming Away, multimedia installation, Ljubljana’ Castle, SI
The Moment After, multimedia 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
1999 Searchings, Miklova Hiša Gallery, Ribnica, SI
1998 Whisperings, Ljubljana Castle, Ljubljana, SI

Group Exhibitions / selected

2017 45th Internatiomal Invitational, Habatat Gallery, Michigan, USA
2016 International Glass Kanazawa, Japan
2015 International Glass Symposium, Glass Museum, Novy Bor, CZ
2014 Vitraria Glass +A Museum, opening exhibition, Venice, IT
Design+, Month of Design, Ljubljana, SI
2013 Chroma Culture, Bullseye Gallery, Portland, USA
Inspired by Nature, Hempel Glass Museum, Denmark
Hot Glass, CAA, London, UK
Silent Revolutions - Contemporary Design in Slovenia, Moscow, RU
2012 Glass in Context 2012, Bornholm Art Museum, Denmark
Coincidencies II / Exhibition of Slovenian artists, Galerija Murska Sobota, SI
Silent Revolutions - Contemporary Design in Slovenia, Helsinki, FI
2011 Month of Design - All Awards Design, Ljubljana, SI
Modern Art in Slovenia, European Central Bank, Frankfurt, Germany
Silent Revolutions - Contemporary Design in Slovenia, Tent Gallery, London, UK
Silent Revolutions - Contemporary Design in Slovenia, Tent Gallery, Eindhoven, NL
2010 AllAwardsDesign, Zavod Big, Viba, Ljubljana, Slovenia
Ambiente, Talents 2010 Frankfurt Messe, Frankfurt, Germany
2009 Rotovž, Lemberg, with Mirsad Begić, SI
Red Dot 2009, Red Dot Design Museum, Essen, 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
2005 Installations on the Grass, Kogl, Velika Nedelja, SI
2004 19th Biennial of Industrial Design, Ljubljana
2003 20/20 Vision, Creative Glass Center of America, NJ, USA
2002 Lux Europae 2002, Copenhagen, Denmark
18th Biennial of Industrial Design, Ljubljana, SI
2001 Contemporary Glass Exhibition, China Millennium Museum in Beijing, China
Shanghai Museum of Fine Art, China
29th International Glass Invitational, Habatat Galleries, Pontiac, USA
2000 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 Centenary Degree Show, Royal College of Art, London, UK
1993 Celebrating Slovenia, Liberty’s, London

Permanent Public Installations and Collections

2017 Whiteness, RIKO collection
2016 Reveries / From Here, Center of Poetry Tomaž Šalamun, Ljubljana, SI
Breathing - I, private collection, Ljubljana, SI
Breathing, IGS, Museum of Decorative Arts in Prague, CZ
2011 In My World, European Central Bank, Frankfurt, Germany
2009-2011 A Fountain, public installation, Laško Spa, Laško, SI
2008 A Chandelier, 365 Glass Drops, public installation, Laško Spa, Laško, SI
2007 Design works, National Museum of Slovenia, glass collection, Ljubljana, SI
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

International Publications / selected

UMETNOST ZA VSAKDAN / Slovensko modernistično steklo, ART FOR EVERYDAY LIFE / Modernist Glass Design In Slovenia, Mateja Kos, Cvetka Požar, p.92 – 94, Narodni muzej Slovenije, 2017, ISBN 978-961-6981-14-9
ECO HIŠE, Petra Narat Palčnik, intervju
2016 THE INTERNATIONAL EXHIBITION OF GLASS KANAZAWA 2016, p.49,p.69, Executive committee of the IEGK, 2016
XII INTERNATAIONAL GLASS SYMPOSIUM NOVY BOR, Milan Hlaveš, p.13, 72, 128, Town of Novy Bor, 2016, ISBN 978-80-905263-8-9
NEW GLASS REVIEW 37, The Corning Museum of Glass
NEW GLASS, Glass Art & Architecture, No. 2/2016, Uta Klotz, Tanja Pak: Between Being and Non-Being, interview, ISSN 0723-2454
2015 Českolipsky denik, 12.7.2015, p.3
Českolipsky denik, 14.7.2015, No.189, cover page
2014 NEW GLASS REVIEW 35, The Corning museum of Glass, p.36, ISBN 978-0-87290-197-1, ISSN 0275:469X
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
European Glass Context 2012, 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, by Andrew Page, http://blog.glassquarterly.com/2011/12/23/tanja-pak-brings-two-new-mutimedia-installations-to-ljubiljana-castle-in-her-native-slovenia/
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
DELO IN DOM, št.3, 24.6.2011
2010 DNEVNIK, 22.12.2010, p.24, Poti življenja, ulite v steklu
SCHONER WOHNEN, july 2010, p.26
DOM&DESIGN, 31.3.2010, p.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 CONTEMPORARY GLASS, Craig, Blanche, ISBN 978 906155 360, Black Dog Publishing
European Glass Context 2008, 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
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, p.28-29, 68, 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 des Metiers 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, UDK 748:929 Pak T. (064), COBBIS.SI-ID 123352064