Artist Antoon van Wijk
Antoon van Wijk (1952, NL) is both a painter and glass artist in the lost-wax casting technique (pâte du verre), where glass is poured into a plaster cast mould. He adds oxides to achieve a variety of colourations. The advantage of the pâte du verre is that the artist can create the glass form he wants, in same way a bronze figure is poured and cast. Van Wijk uses gold leaf accent to the translucent material qualities to bring humorous ornamentation to the figurative glass motifs. He forms lively people and animal characters, sometimes with wink to reality, but more often rich in fantasy and inspiration, and he is widely collected throughout Europe.