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The Gerhard Bürger Foundation was established in 2013. The purpose of the foundation is to promote science and research, art and culture, the preservation of historical monuments, and the promotion of education, vocational training, and student assistance. Among other things, the foundation is intended to support projects that serve the preservation and further development of the tradition of glassmaking.

For this purpose the possibilities of the HARZKRISTALL Glass Manufactory and the ELIAS Farbglashuette Lauscha are to be used for the purposes of the foundation and joint projects with artists, students and universities are to be implemented. The board of trustees is made up of well-known personalities from the Harz region. With years of experience in the fields of business and art, the diverse interests of the foundation are thus represented.


3rd Glass Design Award

International design competition for students from design-oriented and creative courses of study

Under the competition title GLASSHORIZON participants have the opportunity to expand their own "glass horizons". They can put their knowledge and skills from their studies into practice and let their creativity and individuality flow into the designs. With the Glass Design Award, participants are given space to research and experiment and can thus, among other things, explore the limits of what is possible.

The participants will create designs entirely according to their ideas on one of the specified topics and then produce them from glass and other materials. For this purpose, the equipment of the Glasmanufaktur Harzkristall can also be used after uncomplicated appointment arrangement.

The two rounds of decision-making will be accompanied by an expert jury, which will evaluate the submitted objects made of glass from various points of view.

The Glass Design Award is aimed at all students who are enrolled at a European university in the subject area "Design" (e.g. product design or architecture). Also eligible are graduates who after July 31, 2023 at a European university in the subject area "Design" have obtained a recognized degree in the field of design.

The Glass Design Award is endowed with attractive prize money.

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More information and condition of participation

Student competition for the

Preservation of the art of glassmaking

Since 2016, the Gerhard Bürger Foundation has regularly organized a design competition. Both previous competitions (2016 and 2018) have been very well received, so that the field of participants included students from Germany, Poland, Finland and France.

In the area of art and culture, the Gerhard Bürger Foundation also supports various artists who realize a wide variety of projects in glass.


Funding projects

Andreas Rier - Road to Salone del Mobile Milan

Andreas Rier studied industrial design at the Burg Giebichenstein Art Academy (Halle), specializing in ceramics and glass. His enthusiasm for working with wood as a form-giving material gave rise to the idea for his project, which he is producing at the Harzkristall glass manufactory and will be exhibiting at the "Fuorisalone" in Milan in April 2023. Here, freely carved fixed blow molds made of wood serve to shape the glass vessel.


Further sponsorship projects

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You are a student:in a European university and are working on your thesis, for example? Are you looking for a partner to implement your designs in the field of glass design? Are you a lecturer at a university and would like to hold a workshop on the subject of glass? We would be happy to inform you about the possibilities of a sponsorship by our foundation.

The next meeting of the Board of Trustees will take place on September 19, 2023.

Deadline for funding applications is September 01. 2023, 4:00 p.m.

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Gerhard Bürger Foundation

c/o Glasmanufaktur Harzkristall

In the free field 5

38895 Blankenburg (Harz) OT Derenburg

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Cooperation with


As part of the foundation's work, it supports and promotes universities, student work and artists or art associations who work with glass. Current projects of the foundation are shown in the gallery space at the Harzkristall glass manufactory.

In addition to freelance artists, the foundation works closely with universities in the fields of art and design. Over the years, this has resulted in intensive cooperation with various art colleges.

Bauhaus University Weimar

HAWK Hildesheim

Anhalt University of Applied Sciences

Hamburg University of Fine Arts

Düsseldorf University of Applied Sciences, Department of Design

Harz University of Applied Sciences

Berlin Weißensee School of Art

Burg Giebichenstein School of Art

Museum "The Glass Factory" in Sweden


Board of Directors & Board of Trustees

The founder Gerhard Bürger is an entrepreneur and investor and comes from Hildesheim. Gerhard Bürger took over ownership of the Harzkristall glass manufactory from the state of Saxony-Anhalt in 2004 and transferred it to his foundation nine years later. Gerhard Bürger has been the owner of the ELIAS Farbglashuette Lauscha since the 1990s and also transferred the glassworks to the foundation on January 1, 2020.


Foundation Board

Gerhard Bürger

Siegfried Schröder, Managing Director Bürger Bau- und Heimwerkermärkte GmbH


Board of Trustees

Dr. Michael Ermrich (Chairman), former President of the East German Savings Banks Association

Susanne Bürger, Freelance Artist and Art Therapist

Andreas Ebert (advisory member), Managing Director STRATIE-Bau GmbH, Blankenburg

Andreas Meling, Managing Director Wernigerode Tourismus GmbH

Silvia Schlecht, exhibition designer, owner of the creative office "Stella Szenografie

Norbert Zitzmann, Mayor of Lauscha