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Palo Macho: The Glass Canvas

Med glasset som..

In this solo exhibition we´ll get to know the unique and distinctive glass paintings of the internationally renowned artist Palo Macho (b. 1965, Slovakia).

Palo Macho  is one of the most original contemporary glass artists in Slovakia, known for his innovative approach to glass. His artistic expression and technique differs from the Slovak glass school where glass objects perfectly cut in to geometric shapes with optical qualities are central. As both a painter and a glassmaker he is expanding the limits of the two disciplines.

The paintings of Palo Macho differ in many ways from the traditional glass painting and two-dimensional paintings in general. Macho creates abstract and lyric paintings where he shapes and molds the surface as well as the inner layers of the glass. By mixing transparent and opaque glass and dividing the surface into matte and translucent areas he creates an interesting and vibrant expression which changes according to the light it is exposed to. His pictures or “picture objects” as some call them, are reversible and can be experienced from multiple angles. By assembling together several layers of painted and processed sheet glass he achieves depth and inner space in his work.

Despite the fact that most of his pictures do not have a recognizable narrative, some of his pictures may be perceived as particularly scenic – and thus give the spectator the opportunity to attribute their own stories. Since we are not given descriptive titles, we are left to trust our own aesthetic experience when interpreting the work.

Palo Macho began working with glass in 1980 at the Secondary School of Applied Arts of Glass in former Czechoslovakia where he studied until 1986. Beginning in 1989, he continued his studies in glass at the Academy of Fine Arts and Design in Bratislava, Slovakia, under Juraj Gavula, a glass artist noted for his contemporary mixed-media works. Macho also has a background in painting and design that has influenced his glass art. He studied painting and fine arts in 1993, at the École des Beaux Arts in St. Etienne, France. Today he works as an assist. Professor at the Academy of Fine Arts and Design in Bratislava. Macho has shown his work in various European countries, Japan and USA. This is his first solo exhibition in Norway.

Vernissage 12th of August at 7 pm

Introduksjonskurs i Glassblåsing

De tre første torsdagene i april (7. 14. 21.) inviterer vi til introduksjonskurs i glassblåsing, hvor deltakerne får et innblikk i grunnprinsippene innen arbeid med varmt glass. Hver deltaker vil få nærkontakt med materialet og oppleve hvordan man med pust, verktøy og tyngdekraften gradvis kan forme den glødende massen til et solid men likevel skjørt objekt. Målet er at alle skal få prøve å lage sitt eget glass. Det vil bli gitt god veiledning, så ingen tidligere erfaring er nødvendig. Kurset passer for voksne over 18 år.

Maks 4 deltakere pr. kurs
Varighet: ca. 2 timer. Fra kl. 18:00
Kr 500 pr. pers.

Påmelding med ønsket dag sendes til
Vi tar forbehold om avlysning dersom kursene ikke blir fulltegnet.


The exhibition BRYTNINGER is opening Friday the 5th of February at 07.oo p.m. Four artists with different backgrounds (art/research/science) are presenting work where the interaction between light and glass are important factors. By using neon or natural light, old Murano techniques or new technologies Anna-Lea Kopperi, Enrico Tommaso De Paris, Alan Jaras and Robert Wiley are making the gallery come to live with interesting light-experiments.

The exhibition is made in collaboration with Venice Art Factory and is curated by Bjørn I. Follevaag, Francesca Giubilei and Bergljot Jonsdottir.

plakat jpg brytning

Workshop Manager

S12 Open Access Studio and Gallery
Is looking for a Workshop Manager to join its team
for a minimum of one year, starting no later than August/September 2015.

S12 is an Open Access Studio and Gallery placed on street level, in the very heart of Bergen, Norway. S12 is a centre for exploration, experimentation and dissemination of contemporary glass art. For a list of equipment, information about our activities and photos of the workshop and the gallery, please visit  read more on

March & April 2015

UNG15  works by 10 young artists, who have participated in a 10 weeks workshop in S12 will open April 25th at 2 p.m.

youth_anasia    March 20th  –  April 19th 
Solo exhibition with works by John Moran will opening on March 20th, with the artist present. The opening will include music with DJ Henrik Svanevik.   Light refreshments.

Demo:  John Moran will give a demo in hot sculpted glass on Saturday 18th of April  between 12.oo – 4.oo  p.m.

John Moran is an artist in residence at  S12 until April 20th

Educational activities like  the SundaySchool, FamilyWorkshops UNG 15  &  Den Kulturelle Skolesekken  will take place every week until the first weekend in May.

January 2015

The Gallery in S12 will stay closed for the public in January.

5 artists will be working in the workshop during the period:
The Artists in Residence: Maria Bang Espersen, Max Syron and Monica Amundsen.
In addition Ingrid Nord,  Maria Frantzsen and Æsa Björk.

Our education program for 2015 is a busy one starting already at the end of January with students from the ART School in Hardanger fjord  HAKU,  being taught by Maria Frantzsen.



December 2014

Julia Chamberlain has been our Artist in Residence since beginning of November.  Working and experimenting with Touch.

Julia will give an artist talk on Saturday 13th of December  at 02.00 p.m.  She will in addition demonstrate Flame-Working in the studio accompanied by Gingerbread and Gløgg.

In our Gallery we are showing works by Saman Kalantari made during his residency in November, and photos by a member of the S12 team Monica A. Amundsen.  Christmas decorations and Christmas gifts you will also find in our FUNN corner.

Sunday 7th and 14th we arrange a Family Workshop  from  1.oo – 4.oo  p.m.  Here you can make your ornaments – figures and shapes at your own choice.
This is Drop-in  only and the price is kr. 250.- pr family.






CUD & Tinna  in  S12

The Residency of John Drury and Robert Miller, the CUD artist duo, will culminate in an exhibition opening Friday 16th of May.  In addition to preparing their own exhibition they have been working with us on: Til Skostredet, our biggest community project ever.

The exhibition:  “Sålebrødre”   “Solebrothers”  will include a lot of shoes – including the biggest shoe in Bergen made in mosaic.

The pianist TINNA from Iceland joined Robbie and John on the 9th of May and will participate in the opening on May16th with her own performance act: crying Piano, performed on GlassPiano, in addition to performing music by Alvin Lucier on both her Toypiano and a glass Tea-pot created in S12.

S12 in April

“Se Mitt Bilde !”, Last week,  last day is April 27th.
Siste utstillingsuke og siste dag søndagen 27. april.

AiR i S12:  Mike Simi has been working in the Studio all of April.
He was the top ranking scholarship recipient in Pilchuck Glass School in 2013.  A part of his scholarship was a residency in S12.  Mike is now working in S12, and will be until beginning of May. Alli Hoag assists him in the Studio.
Mike Simi

Se Mitt Bilde ! New Exhibition / Ny Utstilling

Velkommen til utstillingsåpning lørdag 5. april kl. 14.00. Utstillingen viser 163 selvportrett i glass, laget av like mange barn og realisert gjennom Den Kulturelle Skolesekken i S12 Galleri og Verksted. Utstillingen åpnes av ordfører Trude Drevland.

Welcome to our exhibition opening on Saturday April 5th, at 2pm. The exhibition shows 163 self-portrait in glass, made by the same number of children and realized through “The Cultural Rucksack” in S12 Open Access Studio and Gallery. The exhibition will be opened by Mayor Trude Drevland.