The studio is the place where everything comes together. It is the place where thoughts and ideas are transformed into tangible objects. 

Ellen Urselmanns workspace can be found in the Limburg town of Baarlo [NL], but she has cooperations with various [glass] studios all over the world including Leerdam and Amsterdam [NL], Lommel [BE] and Derenburg [DE]. 

In her studio she undertakes a fascinating quest guided by interesting objects and materials and a diversity of techniques. The objects Urselmann creates landmark this quest.

Ellen Urselmann was born in 1978 in Venlo. She respectively lived in Venlo, Maastricht, Amsterdam, Cape Town and Baarlo. In 2000 she graduated at the Academy of Fine Art Maastricht and in 2003 she graduated in glass at the Gerrit Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam. 

Ellen Urselmann has exhibited her work in various galleries and museums. Her work has been showcased at the National Glass Museum Leerdam, MOYA in Oosterhout, Factory Store De Compagnie in Veghel, the Municipal Museum The Hague, and Museum Jan van der Togt in Amstelveen. She has also presented her work at fairs such as PAN Amsterdam, Object Rotterdam, Scope Basel, Design Dubai, and Design Shanghai.

Her work is part of the permanent collections of SHMOG Museum Shanghai, China, Kunstsammlungen Der Veste, Coburg, Germany, National Glass Museum Leerdam, Netherlands, Glass Museum Alter Hof Herding, Coesfeld Lette, Germany, Galila Barzilai Hollander, Brussels, Belgium, and various international private collections.

She was nominated for the triennial Bernardine de Neeve Prize. Urselmann represented the Netherlands in the European Glass Context in Bornholm, Denmark. She gained international recognition in 2006 by winning the European Young Artist Prize at the Coburg Glass Prize in Germany. As a (guest) lecturer, Urselmann has been associated with various educational institutions such as the Academy of Fine Arts Maastricht, ROC in Venlo, and Fontys University of Applied Sciences Venlo and Eindhoven. She is currently a subject teacher at de Kempel, University of Applied Sciences for Teacher Education in Helmond.


Ellen Urselmann defines the indefinable. Whether it is a thought or a feeling, there is only a short moment it can be captured before it loses its palpability. 

The fragility of the present, the tension between future and past. 

Between someday receiving and never again having. She captures thoughts at the very moment they gravitate towards intangibility. Standing still at the summit of suspense, both feet firmly on the ground.

Ellen Urselmann poses the question:

how have we gotten here, and how to continue…