Svend Holst-Pedersen began working with glass somewhat late in life, so he was over forty by the time he started out as an art-craft worker. Like many others, he was fascinated by glass and the possibilities it affords when the first workshops sprouted up on Bornholm in the 1970s.
,,I got my eyebrows and fringe singed and acquired a healthy respect for the hot tools when I started assisting at Charlie Meaker’s in what was the Snogebæk Glashytte in the early 1990s”, Svend Holst-Pedersen says. ,,After graduating from The Glass and Ceramics School on Bornholm as a glass designer in 2000, I wanted to establish my own workshop.’’
In October 2000, Svend Holst-Pedersen moved into a former railway station building at Rø with his family and in March 2002 they opened a glass studio with an adjoining gallery.
,,At an early stage of my training, I became very interested in the rustic appearance and texture that forms on the surface of glass, casted in sand moulds. This technique is very suitable for sculptural pieces.’’ He finds his inspiration for his sand-casted items from the rocky coast of Bornholm and the shiny surface of the water, or from a smooth stone that has acquired a sheen, having been exposed to the pounding surf and the elements for many years.
Svend Holst-Pedersen mostly makes unique items, but he also produces dishes, using glass rods that he has made himself, melting them down to form a hollow shape, as well as holders for decorative lights, simply-decorated eggs and many other items.