in 1939 in Essen, Gerd Kruft learned the art of glass cutting from scratch
and it was above all the faceted, the work on the flat running wheel,
which corresponded to his talent.
in his early youth, Gerd Kruft came to the decision to work with glass. At
the age of 17, he graduated with honor from the highly recognized State
School for Glass Design in Rheinbach, Germany.
1963, he established his own workshop and concentrated on working with
cold techniques, in which he soon reached perfectionism.
symposia and extensive travelling through out the world enabled Gerd Kruft
not only to gain professional knowledge about the current technical
achievements, but also bestowed
him an endless pool of impressions.
impressions of foreign countries and cultures inspired him constantly,
serving his as a stimulation for him innovative development. They are
reflected in his entire oeuvre.
the years he experimented with many different techniques to work
with glass. In 1981 when the enthusiasm for studio glass reached a
peak, he furnished his own studio, built himself one of the first
studio glass kilns in Germany and created his first sculptures from
1995, Gerd Kruft turned back to his original passion to work with
cold techniques again. His actual strength lies in the fact, that he
lets the material glass “speak for itself”, to let glass be
glass. By forming and designing it, he gives glass the chance to
reveal its character of transparency and reflection to a full
Kruft participated in many national and international exhibitions
and holds awards of numerous contests.