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Copier, A(ndries) D(irk)

John Steen

in Oxford Art Online

Published online January 2003 | e-ISBN: 9781884446054 | DOI:

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(b Leerdam, Jan 11, 1901; d Wassenaar, Dec 19, 1991).

Dutch glass designer. He worked at the glass factory in Leerdam, where his father was head of the etching and decoration department, and designed a large amount of consumer glass (1914–70). He began there as a draughtsman. Between 1920 and 1925 he was taught by Jacob Jongert (1883–1942) at the Academie voor Beeldende Kunsten in Rotterdam. During 1920–21 he made his first glass designs. His Smeerwortel service won him the silver prize for industrial design at the Exposition internationale des arts décoratifs et industriels modernes in Paris in 1925. In 1927 he had his first one-man exhibition at the Landesgewerbemuseum in Stuttgart. He met the architects of the Weissenhofsiedlung and started to design geometric abstract shapes, such as bulbs, cylinders and cubes. His bulb vases and cactus pots in red, yellow and blue graniver are particularly well known. Copier continually experimented with new materials and techniques. In ...

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