Klaus Moje, German-born Australian artist, Died at 79


Klaus Moje was born in 1936, and died in 2016.

He was a German born, Australian kilnformed glass artist and educator.

He was the founding workshop head of the Australian National University (ANU) School of Art Glass Workshop in Canberra, Australia.

He came from a family of glass workers.

His family specialised in providing bevelled and decorated glass for things such as mirrors and shelving.

KLaus Moje became a journeyman glass cutter and worked in his family’s shop until he received a scholarship to study glass art in Rheinbach and then in Hadamar.

Then following a brief time as a German folk singer, he opened a stained glass studio with Isgard Moje-Wohlgemuth. Moje made his first entry into the glass art world with carved and polished glass sculptures.

Even though these pieces garnered him quite a bit of attention, he abandoned the cut glass work when he discovered a caché of colourful glass canes that were used to make buttons for the garment industry.

Klaus Moje passed away at 79 years old.