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FOTOS JAAN ERIC FISHER
PRODUKTION MELANIE GEHLE
Gosha Nagashima, hand painted glasses
presented in Interior Shop Fischer.
genuss raum
2015 January

PLAYING WITH LIGHT
by Claudia Durian

The Indian-Polish artist Gosha decorates glass
lanterns with a fine hand. Her glass lights are
admired by collectors worldwide

■ Noise is not Gosha Nagashima's element.
When loud customers come in and make
themselves noticed, one almost wants to put a
protective arm around the artist. She greets
her guests with her gentle smile and soft
voice. One feels immediately at home in her
two-story Remise from the 17th century.

Her studio opens out onto the kitchen, which
is filled with the fragrance of herbs hanging to
dry on a metal ring. Kama, her black cat, lies
curled up on a cozy blanket, purring with
contentment. Classical music can be heard
lightly in the background. This little paradise
lies hidden in a courtyard in the middle of
Potsdam. The redbrick facade is covered with
wild grape vine and the front garden is graced
with roses and lavender.

■Gosha—as she introduces herself on the
phone and in person—has been living and
working in this historic ensemble since 2007.
Her art work is varied and consist of oil
paintings, etchings, woodcuts and drawings,
including very expressive portraits and
precious tableware. Her signature products
are the tea-lights and glass lanterns, vases and
glass balls that she decorates with delicate
designs and floral patterns. Many of the
designs are reminiscent of hand-knotted
South-Asian carpets. This is not surprising
since she was born to an Indian father and a
Polish mother, both artists, and raised in
Kashmir. Some of the traditional ornaments
of Kashmiri architecture and furnishings has
found its way into her work.

■Gosha went to Tokyo at the age of 19 to
study art and was admitted into the famous
Joshibi University. Her Japanese teachers
quickly recognized and fostered her talent.
She learned the techniques of wood engraving
and lithography, making ceramics freehand, as
well as Far-Eastern brush calligraphy. She
thinks back on these times with a bit of
nostalgia. As she points out: "There is another
kind of appreciation for artists there, it is
more widespread and goes deeper. I learned a
great deal in Japan, but never by direct
instruction, just in passing, as it were."

■After the birth of her son in 1989, the young
mother moved to Hamburg. There, the
multicultural artist caught the eye of gallerists
and private collectors. She was invited to
show her work in galleries and museums in
Hamburg, Stuttgart, Sylt, Majorca, Krakow,
New Delhi and Tokyo.

■Looking for a new artistic challenge, she
discovered painting on glass in 1999 and
developed a very personal technique that she
is perfecting to this day. Her work place is a
large wooden table next to the lattice
window overlooking the courtyard. She uses
the tables like palettes to mix her pigments.
The tactile quality of the filigree designs on
the glasses was created by the application of
many layers of paint, sometimes as many as
fifteen. It took Gosha years before she was
satisfied with the mixtures. As she explains: "I
wanted to paint the glass like a canvas, while
at the same time using its transparency." She
has already decorated more than 27,000 tea-
lights in her very personal style. Hundreds are
lined up on shelves in her studio, carefully
sorted out by color. Each glass is unique and
displays the full beauty of its the colors and
patterns when lit from the inside by a candle.
Gosha endows each piece with her feelings,
her joys, her sadness, and a genuine openness.
Her precious glasses have found their way
into collections around the world. and her
admirers keep coming back to buy new ones.
No piece is exactly the same as another.
Gosha signs and dates each one with the year.
Her work is represented in the permanent
exhibitions of the German Museum of Glass
Painting in Linnich (Nordhein-Westfalen) and
the museum of the glassworks in Baruth
(Brandenburg).

NATURE IS HER MAJOR SOURCE OF
INSPIRATION

■Over the years, Gosha has developed such
great skill that she can paint a glass with her
eyes closed, letting it turn slowly in her hand.
She gets the necessary inner balance thanks to
her daily practice of Surya Yoga. Nature is the
major source of her artistic ideas: "It is my
inspiration and the most honest teacher I
could have."

Translated by
Jean-Marie Clarke
If you subscribe to certain of the quality  magazines, then it is likely
that you will have already seen my artwork as it has been featured
in numerous advertisements and articles relating to interior
design. Just a few of those pages are below.
Happinez Nr. 1/2013
Japanese
Calligraphy
Wildlife
Glasspainting
details
Extra pages
GLASS
Works on
paper II
Extra pages
ARTS
New works
and poetry
WORKSHOPS