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Riedel Award 2015


The Riedel Award is organised by the Istituto Veneto and Riedel Crystal of Austria, and aimed at young artists and designers under 30.
 Now in its second year, it has been awarded to the Canadian artist Shay Salehi with the folllowing reasonsShay Salehi’s Pâte de Verre works are an original reinterpretation of glass. What distinguishes them is the fact that they do not display the classic properties of glass such as its transparency or optics, but they are able to transform it into something unconventional and unusual.  At first glance one might consider her bowls to be made of another material. Moreover, the use of this technique, the concept of her works - so uncontrolled and uneven - the way she fuses the glass into pure and simple forms, all this is definitely noteworthy”. Georg J. Riedel

15 september 2015, 5.30 pm - Palazzo Franchetti
Istituto Veneto di Scienze, Lettere ed Arti

The prize giving ceremony for the Glass in Venice Prize and for the Riedel Award will take place at the Istituto Veneto in the presence of:
Gherardo Ortalli, president of the Istituto Veneto di Scienze Lettere ed Arti
Gabriella Belli, director of the Fondazione Musei Civici di Venezia
Georg J. Riedel, president of Riedel Crystal
Rosa Barovier, glass historian
and the prize winning artists.

The works of award-winning artists will be exhibited in the atrium of the Palazzo Loredan, Istituto Veneto,
from September 15 to October 13,
Monday to Friday from 10.00 to 18.00.
Admission is free.

The members of the Commission are Georg J. Riedel, chairman of Riedel Crystal; Rosa Barovier, glass historian; Gabriella Belli, director of the Fondazione Musei Civici di Venezia; Sandro Franchini, chancellor emeritus of the Istituto Veneto di Scienze Lettere ed Arti; Chiara Squarcina, director of the Museo del Vetro, Murano

Shay Salehi

Shay Salehi is a Canadian based artist working with glass. She attended Sheridan College in Oakville, Ontario, to explore her desire to face new challenges by choosing to work with a medium she had no experience with, glass. After a couple years of exploring the different qualities and processes of the material she began to find comfort in particular methods, such as kiln casting and the pâte de verre technique. Shay has been interested in the fragility of glass and its ability to mimic other materials. Her current body of work studies these qualities using line, shape, colour and texture formed by the pate de verre technique. She fuses glass beads into pure and simple forms, which play with negative space and texture. The lips on the pieces are rough, uncontrolled and extremely fragile. These bowls do not display the well known properties of glass such as its transparency or optics; therefore at first glance one might not even consider her work to be made from glass.
(Web page on Meet the Artist)