The Danish artist Maria Bang Espersen trained at the California Institute of the Arts as well as at the Royal Danish Academy’s design department on the Danish island of Bornholm. Prior to her art education she had studied glassblowing at the school in Kosta from 2006 to 2009.As a glass artist Maria Bang Espersen has developed her own technique which she calls “Stretched and folded hot glass” in which she forms the hot metal with her hands (using heat-resistant gloves!) working directly on the blowing iron; a spectacular procedure that is reminiscent of making candy.
Maria Bang Espersen’s sculptures are illusory in that, at first glance, they are often not reminiscent of glass but of softer, lighter materials like silk, cellophane or just candy. But these materials give a very different, surprisingly tactile sensation if one handles them. Maria Bang Espersen has won international recognition with exhibitions in Europe and the USA. Her work is represented in the collections of leading museums like the Victoria & Albert Museum in London, the Musée-atelier du Verre in Trélon, France and the Museum of American Glass in New Jersey, USA. She has won a succession of prestigious international prizes, among them the Talent Award of the Jutta Cuny-Franz Foundation (Germany 2015), Coburg Prize: the jury’ special prize (Germany 2014) and the International Glass Prize (Belgium, 2012).Maria Bang Espersen lives outside Emmaboda in the Swedish province of Småland and has a studio at the Glass Museum in Boda.