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Enemark & Thompson

"...chaos & order, fragility & strength..."

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meet hanne enemark & louis thompson

Since studying together at the Royal College of Art over five years ago, Hanne Enemark and Louis Thompson have worked together successfully on a number of commissions and personal projects. They have a common interest in the tension between chaos and order, fragility and strength, internal structure and external form. Their most recent collaborations, Panicum and Penumbra, provided an opportunity for them to crystallise these ideas through a series of large scale, elegant pieces that combine their strengths and common interests as artists and makers.

Panicum: the video

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about the works

Hanne & Louis are intrigued by how these intricate, internal fragile structures contradict the calm skin and surface of the glass form that encapsulates this magical and energetic inner world. While making these pieces Hanne and Louis were struck by how the pieces powerfully expressed their creative intent and directly seized upon the drama of the heat of the moment, an intuitive and exciting dialogue between the material and the action of making.

They have referenced early Venetian glassmaking techniques by using a special hard white glass developed by the Venetians to achieve the very fine white lines of colour used in intricate decorative pattern making. The hardness and strength that characterises this white glass comes from a ceramic based material called Smalto. By using this age old glass recipe, Hanne and Louis have forged a bond between the historical Venetian glassmaking tradition with their contemporary and playful approach to glass.

New Penumbra pieces for the exhibition Synergy have been developed from an artistic residency they both completed at the Museum of Glass near Seattle earlier in 2015.

The Glass Museum Residency

The video below documents the entire process from start to finish as Enemark & Thompson create one of their Penumbra pieces during their prestigious residency at The Glass Museum near Seattle.

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Closed 23, 24 & 25 July due to the heat!

London Glassblowing Gallery and Studio will be closed this Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday due to the heat!