Klaus Moje AO (1936 – 2016)

The Canberra Glassworks acknowledges the profound contribution Klaus Moje made both to the Canberra Glassworks and to the world of contemporary glass throughout his long productive career.

Klaus Moje was appointed Artistic Patron of Canberra Glassworks on 6 August 2015.

Moje was born in Hamburg, Germany where he worked for 20 years before moving to Australia in 1982 to establish the Canberra School of Art Glass Workshop at the Australian National University. His work is held in over 60 public collections in Australia and overseas, including the National Gallery of Australia, the Victoria and Albert Museum, Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Cooper Hewitt Museum, Corning Museum of Glass, Museum of Art and Design New York, and our own Parliament House Art Collection.

Moje’s teaching and mentorship established an international profile for the Canberra School of Art and inspired generations of Australian artists working in glass. Moje was also a key inspiration and founding Board member for the Canberra Glassworks which benefited over many years from his enthusiastic and generous support.

Moje’s practice has consistently focused on the expressive language of colour and geometry, which he first explored in  the mid-970s using a unique mosaic kilnforming technique. Moje’s shared his skill and expertise throughout the world in workshops and symposiums. His contribution to glass has been recognized by many awards, including Honorary Officer in the Order of Australia, Living Treasure Masters of Australian Craft and Lifetime Achievement Award, Urban Glass New York.

The whole Canberra Glassworks community will miss Klaus Moje’s most generous contribution to its community..

‘Klaus Moje passed away in Canberra on September 24, 2016. He is remembered with great fondness by family, friends and colleagues throughout the world. His passion for glass and commitment to sharing its inspiration created bonds that stretched over decades, from his early years in Hamburg, through the heady experimental 1960s and 70s, and on to generations of emerging artists who have pushed the medium beyond all expectations. He will be remembered as a great artist who led by example, setting high standards for himself and always seeing the best in others.’

Nola Anderson, Chair, 2016

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Image: Klaus Moje at Canberra Glassworks.  Photos: Angie McDuff