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  • Jenny Ayrton
  • Nancy Sutcliffe Hive

Jenny Ayrton

In The Net

Nancy Sutcliffe

Hive

Inspired

31.05.19 - 15.06.19

Members of the Contemporary Glass Society (CGS) will show work inspired by “an object of personal significance” for a juried exhibition. Many of the country’s foremost glass artists will be presenting dynamic new and original pieces.

 

Jenny Ayrton

Jenny Ayrton has been pre selected for the show, we are  extremely excited to be showing her work.

As a child I was a keen sailor, and this led me to a career afloat with jobs ranging from dinghy instructor, to harbourmaster coxswain and even crewing on a super yacht. Unfortunately due to health issues that dream was curtailed… but it gave me the opportunity to follow another interest, glass! These pieces were inspired by the easily-overlooked buoy, and the rarely viewed anchor that holds it in place. When you’re out sailing in coastal waters you are constantly affected by the flow of the wind, tide, and local eddies and currents. You haven’t got brakes like you would in a car. A buoy is a relatively fixed point either to race around, or to catch hold of and make fast to so that you can relax and eat your sandwiches! I began by making delicate wire anchors and chains, which were then encased between gathers in chunky glass vessels. I blew the smaller piece, I commissioned Richard Glass to blow some larger ones. I‘ve then cut, ground, polished and engraved details. I’ve created tiny pewter and copper buoys and boats which add a sense of narrative and scale.

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  • Jenny Ayrton Orange Buoy
  • Jenny Ayrton Beneath the Waves
  • Jenny Ayrton

Nancy Sutcliffe

Nancy Sutcliffe is also one of the pre selected artists.

The engraved piece I’m making for this exhibition has a strong mathematical element. It would be far easier and much quicker to use a computer generated mask and a sandblaster to transfer the pattern onto the glass,  but that’s not the point. This needs to be drawn and engraved by hand. I’m going to be using my Dad’s beautiful old drawing instruments to transfer the pattern. Knowing how they have been used to create drawings of such precision inspires me to try harder.

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  • Nancy Sutcliffe 2
  • Nancy Sutcliffe Hive

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