Mare Saare

Graduated from the Department of Glass, State Art Institute of the Estonian SSR (presently, Estonian Academy of Arts), Tallinn, 1979. Head of the Department of Glass Art at the Estonian Academy of Arts in Tallinn from 1993.

She has been granted, among others: the Erasmus Staff Teaching Assignments, Royal College of Art, London, UK, 1995; CEC ArtsLink grant, Studio of the Corning Museum of Glass, Corning, New York, USA, 2000; Artist-in-residence Programme: Eisch Glass Factory, Frauenau, Germany, 2009; Artist-in-Residence Programme: Seto Ceramics and Glass Art Centre, Seto, Japan, 2012.

She has been granted awards several times, including: the Annual Prize in Visual Arts of the Estonian Cultural Endowment, 2001; Distinguished Glass Artist 2002–2003, Honourable Nomination of the Estonian Glass Artists' Union, 2003; Silver Prize, the International Exhibition of Glass Kanazawa 2010, Kanazawa, Japan; Kristjan Raua nimeline kunstipreemia, Annual Art Prize from the Estonian Artists’ Association and Tallin City, 2011.

She has participated in 28 individual and over 100 group exhibitions in: Belgium, Canada, the Czech Republic, Denmark, England, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Romania, Russia, Scotland, Sweden, Turkey, Ukraine, and USA.

Her works are presented in public collections in Canada, China, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Japan, Latvia, the Netherlands, Russia, Turkey, Ukraine, UK, and USA.

She loves travelling, photography, and glass beads.