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Koen Vanderstukken

Koen Vanderstukken


Faculty of Animation, Arts & Design

In his work, Koen Vanderstukken forever searches for the intrinsic differences between personal perception and reality, continuously investigating the duality between reality and appearances.

We cannot rely upon our emotions, nor upon our limiting rationality, but at the same time, we have no other choice but to rely upon both. This constant contradiction, with at it’s core a positive scepticism and a distrust of human experiences, forces us to certain restraints.

As a result, Koen’s work does not want to give any answers. It is unpretentious and inspires to question the appearance or reality of rationality and emotions. It investigates the reality of a virtual presence. It makes us stop and brings to our attention the ever growing complexity of our human existence, but even more so, the enormous depth and richness that is hidden within it.

Koen Vanderstukken is a renowned sculptor and educator. His work has been exhibited in major centres around the world, from Amsterdam, Paris, Prague and Venice to New York, Chicago and Montreal. He ran his own studio in Niel, Belgium from 1990 to 2006 and his works can be found in many museums and private collections, as well as significant public commissions. Koen has offered workshops and master classes in Europe and North America, in addition to teaching for ten years at the State Institute of Art and Crafts in Mechelen, Belgium. Since 2006 he’s been a professor and the studio head of the glass department at Sheridan College in Oakville, Ontario, Canada.

Education, Credentials

  • BCH Karel de Grote University College
  • BFA Sint-Lucas Beeldende Kunst Gent
  • MFA Sint-Lucas Beeldende Kunst Gent


  • About beavers and little peeing man
  • article in the catalogue Tenuous tenacity
  • Contemporary Canadian Glass, Glazen Huis, Lommel (B), 2009, p. 10-15 Studioglas in Vlaanderen, article in the catalogue Glas gewoon ongewoon, 10 jaar glas aan het instituut voor kunstambachten te mechelen, IKA, Mechelen (B), 1996, p. 15-16

Lectures, presentations and demonstrations

  • In Antwerp (B), Mechelen (B), Rumst (B), Lommel (B), Genk (B), Farnham (GB), Amsterdam (NL), Leerdam (NL), Montreal (Can), Toronto (Can), New York (USA), Sars Poteries (F), Rochester, NY (USA), Adelaide (AUS)


  • 2006-Present: Professor, studio head at glass studio, Sheridan College, Oakville, ON
  • 2010: Guest teacher at Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT), Rochester, NY (USA)
  • 2002-2004: Teacher, studio head at State Institute of Art and Crafts in Mechelen (B)
  • 1992-2000: Teacher at State Institute of Art and Crafts in Mechelen (B)
  • 2004: Guest teacher at Provinciale Hogeschool Limburg (PHL), Hasselt (B)
  • 2002: Guest teacher at Provinciale Hogeschool Limburg (PHL), Hasselt (B)
  • 2001: Guest teacher at "FLA&CC" and "Hogeschool voor vormgeving", Genk (B)
  • 1999: Guest teacher at Sheridan College, Toronto, (Can)
  • 1999: Guest teacher at ”Espace Verre”, Montréal, (Can)"

Teaching Interests

Concept development
Glass chemistry and technology
Studio skills

Research Interests

Glass history
Science of glass
The relevance of glass within a contemporary craft or art practice
analogue and digital virtual images
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