My name is Ineke Smienk and I live and work in Harmelen, near Utrecht ( The Netherlands) , where I have a glass studio called Atelier Levend Glas.
In addition to glass art, I am also involved in pen drawings, painting and giving workshops in the field of glass fusion.
The Lucky Birds were created about 12 years ago when I started to fill the empty spaces in between the larger glassobjects in my glasskiln with small pieces of work, and so the little birds were born. In the meantime they have started to live their own life and they are still developing.
The reuse of materials stimulates my imagination, the birds are made from recycled glass and all the paper comes from magazines, art catalogs and all the exciting papers I come across.
The birds are melted in a special glass oven at approx. 750 degrees. The oven will be powered by solar energy from March 2020.