Tanja Pak

Graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Industrial Design from the Academy of Fine Arts and Design, University in Ljubljana, Slovenia, 1994, and with a Master of Arts degree in Ceramics and Glass from the Royal College of Art, London, the UK, 1996. She has been the head of the Glass and Ceramics course at the Academy of Fine Arts and Design in Ljubljana, University in Ljubljana since 2009, where she was awarded a full professorship in 2014.
She received the Red Dot Honourable Mention Design Award, 2008, 2009, and the Designer of The Year 2011 Award in Slovenia. She was selected for four New Glass Review editions. She has been artist in residence, or has been awarded a fellowship multiple times, including: the Pilchuck Glass School, Seattle, WA, the USA – fellowship, 1999, and art residency, 2009; Musée du Verre (MusVerre) art residency, Sars-Poteries, France, 2018; the Corning Museum of Glass art residency, Corning, NY, the USA, 2013; the Creative Glass Centre fellowship, New York, 2014; the University of Washington, WA, the USA, 2014 – Professor exchange program; Arte Laguna Prize, Maradiva Cultural Residency, Mauritius, 2019.
She has participated in 18 domestic individual exhibitions in Slovenia, including: the Ljubljana Castle, 2008, 2010–2011, 2011–2012, as well as in an individual exhibition at the Council of Europe, Strasbourg, France, 2009.
She has participated in over 40 domestic and international collective exhibitions, including: the European Glass Context 2008 and 2012, Bornholm, Denmark; the Silent Revolution – Contemporary Design in Slovenia – the Netherlands, the UK, Finland, Russia, 2011–2013; the International Exhibition of Glass Kanazawa 2016, Kanazawa, Japan; the 45th Invitational at the Habatat Galleries, Royal Oak, MI, the USA, 2018.
 Her works are presented in many public collections, including the Museum of Decorative Arts, Prague, the Czech Republic, and the National Museum of Slovenia, Ljubljana.
She is known for her clear and fluid design of functional glass, and large multimedia installations that are interpretations of her so-called Dreamlands. Through her art she attempts to reach below the surface and, metaphorically, to express thoughts, dreams and longings.