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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 nearly 10 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 collaborations, Panicum and Penumbra, provide 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. Hanne and Louis have completed residencies at Museum of Glass, USA, Glazenhuis Museum, Belgium, and Novotny Glass Studio, Czech Republic. Their pieces are in public collections in the USA, Germany, Czech Republic and Sweden.

About the Work

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

They reference 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.


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