DI: What is the main principle, idea and inspiration behind your design?
SK : The idea behind this work came to me on my 30th birthday. Back then, I made an art glass object to celebrate turning 30. This item belongs to the same glass series as it shares the same inspiration and shape. I wanted to do something special where glass looks good every angle. And I like challenges.
DI: What has been your main focus in designing this work? Especially what did you want to achieve?
SK : I wanted design shape that looks good every angle and makes different reflections with liquid inside the glass adding enjoyment for drinking at the same time. The glass should be easy to grab and clean, and be light and thin. This was a challenging goal and led me to want to learn to blow glass better technically.
DI: What are your future plans for this award winning design?
SK : To get recognition, have showcase it the glass in exhibitions and sell it.
DI: How long did it take you to design this particular concept?
SK : It didn’t take a lot of time. For me, the most time-consuming stage is often to complete the final shape at the manufacturing stage. It requires a lot of learning and experimentation to get the shape I am looking for.
DI: Why did you design this particular concept? Was this design commissioned or did you decide to pursuit an inspiration?
SK : This was pure inspiration and I was happy to celebrate turning 30 with the art object called 30s. I am now 33 and still celebrating.
DI: Is your design being produced or used by another company, or do you plan to sell or lease the production rights or do you intent to produce your work yourself?
SK : I want to produce my design myself. I am not going to sell or lease the production rights. I am glassblower and because of that I can produce the work myself.
DI: What made you design this particular type of work?
SK : I like whisky, glassblowing challenges, and the visual effects that glass produces.
DI: Where there any other designs and/or designers that helped the influence the design of your work?
SK : There are many good designers. My favourite designer is Finnish Tapio Wirkkala. Also Venetian glassblowing techniques have influenced my glassblowing.
DI: Who is the target customer for his design?
SK : Design and drink lovers.
DI: What sets this design apart from other similar or resembling concepts?
SK : Glass looks good every angle with and without liquid. And the design is made from the heart.
DI: How did you come up with the name for this design? What does it mean?
SK : The idea behind this work came to me on my 30th birthday. Back then, I made an art glass object called 30s to celebrate turning 30. This item belongs to the same glass series as it shares the same inspiration and shape. I wanted to create cognac glass for my 30-year celebration.
DI: Which design tools did you use when you were working on this project?
SK : Sketch book
DI: What is the most unique aspect of your design?
SK : Looks good every angle when drink inside and reflects light from every angle
and it is easy to grab.
DI: Who did you collaborate with for this design? Did you work with people with technical / specialized skills?
SK : I glass blew this design in the Glass studio.
DI: What is the role of technology in this particular design?
SK : Glassblowing technical skills were required.
DI: Is your design influenced by data or analytical research in any way? What kind of research did you conduct for making this design?
SK : Glassblowing techniques and testing different things and using previous experience to guide the process.
DI: What are some of the challenges you faced during the design/realization of your concept?
SK : At the beginning, the most difficult part was to make two identical blown arches to the bottom and to find the right bottom angle and distance between the arches.
DI: How did you decide to submit your design to an international design competition?
SK : I wanted to know how good my design is. And I wanted promotion for my design.
A’ Design Award and Competition has got preliminary score to know how good your design is before you nominate it.
DI: What did you learn or how did you improve yourself during the designing of this work?
SK : I learned new glassblowing technical skills.
DI: Any other things you would like to cover that have not been covered in these questions?
SK : My secret ingredient for designing is being highly sensitive person. I pour my inner thoughts and emotions to the glass art design.