‘Wow! That’s beautiful! I have to do something with that.’
An afternoon workshop was enough to fire Fons UytdeHaag’s passion for making glass art. He had just retired from a senior position in a global vaccine company and suddenly had ‘a sea of time’ to explore new horizons. After several decades of working primarily with his brain, thinking up new ways to protect people from viruses, he wanted to create beautiful things using his hands as well as his head and heart.
“Glass is a wonderful medium—fluid and solid, flexible and fixed,” he explains. “In its molten state it’s a dancing,
dangerous, almost sensual thing. It’s possible to direct this dance towards the fixed form, if you are skilled and experienced enough. For a beginner like me, there’s so much to learn. That’s part of the fascination.”
Looking at Fons’ blown glass art works, it’s hard to believe he is just starting out in this field. He points out that he made them with the assistance of highly experienced craftsmen, whose technical guidance he will need for ‘many years to come’. But the conceptual and emotive power of these objects is extraordinary, and Fons can take full credit for that.
Profile by Andrea Dingemans, independent journalist