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A.D. COPIER - DATES 1935
THANKYOU VERY MUCH BAZELMANIA !!!!!!!!!!!! YOUR THE KINDEST,BEAUTIFULEST , KIND HEARTED , VERY GOOD LOOKING MAN THAT HAS A HEART OF GOLD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
these were sent to me by Jan . they arrived at my home today!
Andries Dirk Copier is a unique figure in Dutch glass history, devoting most of his life to the Leerdam factory, becoming it's best known designer through a boom period, and maintaining a unique position for 70 years.
Among the architects and graphic designers recruited to Leerdam's designer list, only Copier was the first to be trained and groomed by the glass industry, rising from lowly apprentice to the best-selling designer in his field with an international reputation for honesty and simplicity in design.
Son of a glass-blower at the Leerdam factory, Dries started work there at the age of 13, and at the age of 17 was selected by Managing Director Cochius for a course in typography in Utrecht, returning to Leerdam to work on exhibitions, publications and shop displays. Following a second period of study at the Rotterdam Arts Academy (under Jacques Jongert) followed by private tuition sponsored by the factory, he mounted his first exhibition of hand-made work at the Boyman's Museum in 1923, and he was given control over the design of the Leerdam's advertising and publishing activities.
The poster-design which was printed on sheet-metal signs (see right) was widely praised, and shows all the key elements, the graphics derived from Jongert's style and the text focussing on designer names are combined in a startling and memorable image of the period.
The Rising Star
Building on his experiences of managing the production of designs by de Bazel, the first Copier design to go into production was Smeerwortel (Comfrey) in 1923 quickly followed by a collection of popular successes; Winterbeker, Viola vase and his first water set, a narrow necked jug and glasses with a 'three-finger base'. The positive response from the market encouraged more designs with Romanda and New Model (N.M.) following in 1924. By the time Karel Wasch (factory director at Leerdam) published his first book on 'Glas en Kristal' in 1925, he, like Cochius was happy to praise the up-and-coming young designer and confident of his future.
Copier had also worked extensively in the glass studio to create one-off ('Unica') pieces and the most popular of these were also issued as 'Serica'; limited editions of varying quantities. As well as allowing the master to experiment with a wide range of techniques, their sale as 'art-objects' continued to enhance the name of both designer and factory.