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  • Consonance Cathyrn

Cathryn Shilling

"Tactile, intriguing and enduring..."

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meet cathryn shilling

After graduating in Graphic Design from Central School of Art and Design in London, Cathryn worked as a Designer until her family’s move to the USA in 2001 prompted her to pursue a new and exciting creative direction. She studied the art and craft of Stained Glass in Connecticut and on her return to London in 2004 Cathryn began studying and working with Kilnformed glass as well as becoming a student of blown glass at London Glassblowing Studio. In 2007 she began making in her own studio in London and in 2010 Cathryn began to work with Peter Layton at London Glassblowing as Curator.

Cathryn’s work has been collected and widely exhibited internationally including: TACTILE at Glazenhuis, Belgium; New Acquisitions 2017 at Glasmuseum Lette, Germany;  BODYTALK at the Glasmuseet ,Denmark; COLLECT at Saatchi Gallery; Hot Glass at Contemporary Applied Arts, London. She has exhibited at the British Glass Biennale five times and twice in the Emerge Juried Kiln-Glass Exhibition at Bullseye Gallery, Portland, USA. She won the international Warm Glass Artists Prize in 2013. In 2015 she was number 4 in the Glassation list of ‘The 18 Most Game Changing Female Glass Artists’ and number 25 in the Graphic Design Hub’s list of ‘The 30 Most Amazing Glass Artists Alive Today’.

About the Work

Cathryn Shilling’s years in graphic design allowed her to develop skills in a wide range of creative processes and products, and enabled a natural and spontaneous move into glass. For her, kiln formed glass has proved to be the perfect medium, allowing for creative and technical freedom and enabling her to produce works that are tactile, intriguing and enduring.

Cathryn is best known for her trademark glass cloth pieces which utilise the Venetian glass cane techniques. The canes are made by drawing molten glass into fine threads of no more than one or two millimetres.  Cathryn uses a painstaking process to bring these together, strand upon strand, and then fuses them in the kiln until they resemble sheets of woven fabric. These are then re-fired and shaped while hot by moulding, bending or draping, to become three- dimensional artworks ranging from free-standing sculptures to opulent bowls edged with gold. The vibrant surfaces of these pieces move and shimmer, exploiting texture, light and colour in surprising ways and evoking a sense of movement within the object as if the glass fabric were gently blowing against a human form.


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