BECon 2017: Richard Whiteley – Tribute to Klaus Moje: A Visionary in Glass L159

Trailblazing artist. Remarkable teacher. Kiln-glass champion. All-around maverick.

Klaus Moje was all of these and more. In this tribute from BECon 2017, his former student, Richard Whiteley, reflects upon Moje’s incomparable influence within the field of contemporary glass.

Whether as an artist, a teacher, or an advocate, Moje’s impact still reverberates. The innovation manifest within his work and his approach to teaching dynamically changed the way we think about glass as a medium for creative expression. Whiteley recounts how Moje’s vision sparked pivotal technical research that led to the widespread practice of kilnforming. He also describes how Moje developed the unique culture of the Glass Workshop at the Australian National University—a culture that fosters independent study within a trusted cohort and continues to launch outstanding professional artists and leaders.

In this video, let Richard Whiteley introduce you to Klaus Moje—“an extraordinary creative thinker who left an astounding and unforgettable legacy.”

About the Artist

Richard Whiteley Richard Whiteley is the Head of the Glass Workshop at the Australian National University School of Art & Design in Canberra. He received a Bachelor of Visual Arts from the Australian National University School of Art & Design, before earning a Master of Fine Arts from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

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