Tanja Pak achieved a master’s degree at the Royal College of Art (Glass and Ceramics) in London in 1996, having graduated in industrial design from the Academy of Fine Art of the University of Ljubljana in 1994. She developed and implemented the new Applied Arts / Glass and Ceramics course to the University in 2009. She has served as head of the department since 2009. In 2014 she was promoted to full professor.
She is creatively committed to design of functional glass objects and artistic spatial installations.
More important group exhibitions include 45th Intvitational International at Habatat Galleries, Michigan, USA, 2017, International Glass Kanazawa in Japan, 2016, Glass+A in Venice, 2014, Inspired by Nature, Hempel Museum in Denmark, 2013, Chroma Culture in Bullseye Gallery in Portland, 2013, Glass in Context, Denmark, 2012 and 2008, LuxEuropae2002 in Copenhagen, 2002.
She created her most distinctive independent site-specific exhibitions, Within and Pointe, Dreaming Away, A Moment After – Alina and Whisperings in dialogue with the architecture of Ljubljana Castle. Her recent solo exhibition in Ljubljana, InBeetweennes, was set in the challenging space of Kresija Gallery.
Her permanent installations include, among others, Reveries / From Here to There, in Center of Poetry of Tomaz Salamun in Ljubljana (2016), In My World (European Central Bank, Frankfurt, 2011), 365 Glass Drops in Thermana Spa (2008), Fluctuations – To the Soca river in public library Kobarid (2002), and Fluid at Ljubljana Castle (2009).
She lectures at international conferences of art and design in glass. Within the framework of university exchanges she lectured at the University of Washington in Seattle in 2014, at National College of Art and Design in Dublin, where she also acts as external examiner, in 2013, and at the University of Krakow in 2012.
Her fellowships and residencies include Musee du Verre in France, Cill Rialaigh in Ireland, Corning Museum of Glass Studio residency and Creative Glass Center of America fellowship in 2014, Bullseye R&E Center residency in Portland in 2013, Norway in 2015, New Mexico in 2012 and Scotland in 2011. She received a Pilchuck Scholarship in 1999 and fellowship at the Creative Glass Center of America in 2001, a residency in New York in 2008, and in 2009 at the Pilchuck Glass School, WA USA. In 2015 she participated in the International Glass Symposium in Novy Bor, Czech Republic.
In both 2008 and 2009 she received the Red Dot Design Honorable Mention Award. In 2011 she received the Design of the Year Award in Slovenia. Her works were selected for New Glass Review 37 (2016), 35 (2014), 33 (2012) and 29 (2008). She was Chevening scholarship receiver.
Her works were published in international publications and are held in public and private collections. She works in her studio in Ljubljana.