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.
Exhibiting artists: Alison Allum, Alison Lowry, Andrea Spencer, Anne Petters, Anne Smyth, Boris Shpeizman, Cara Wassenberg, Celia Dowson, Crispian Heath, Dominic Fonde, Estelle Dean, Georgia Redpath, Hannah Gibson, Helen Hancock, Jacque Pavlovsky, James Maskrey, Jenny Ayrton, Ji Huang, Jinya Zhao, Jon Lewis, Julie Light, Katherine Huskie, Kira Phoenix K’inan, Laura McKinley, Linda Norris, Lisa Pettibone, Morgan Stockton, Morten Klitgaard, Myriam Thomas, Nancy Sutcliffe, Peter Layton, Philippa Beveridge, Ruth Shelley, Sarah Wiberley, Stuart Akroyd, Sue Tinkler, Tabitha Burrill, Ulrike Umlauf-Orrom, William Bell, Yoshiko Okada and Yuki Kokai.
To view the exhibition catalogue, please click here.
Books of disquiet is an ongoing series of works reflecting the desire to control the fleeting thought process, and to freeze moments of this liquid space. The books are physical manifestations of the intangible phenomenon of imagination. The writings are personal poems and thought fragments that run through my mind at the very moment of recording them.
I thrive to develop new ways of working with the surface and to discover new techniques and methods that draw out unique qualities in the material and with a profound respect for the material at hand. I experiment extensively, continuously pushing the boundaries of glass’ capability. By creating multiple surface layers, adding a glaze-like texture made of small bubbles which burst during the process, removes the transparency of the glass and adds fragility to each unique object.
‘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.’
‘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.’
‘Childs play was inspired by the many beautiful antique toys people collect – adult toys that are designed to be looked at and not touch, or kept in boxes – too fragile to play with. But I would like this installation played with and touched, it’s about looking at it and moving the bits around, piling them up like a child would, and although it’s fragile, it can still be fun.’
‘I remember looking forward to coming home from school, diving onto a beanbag and watching VHS videos. I was 7 when we bought Star Wars.
From that moment on I spent many hours looking at that glass television screen. Transfixed.
What happened to all those television screens?
Passionate about recycling I have taken that same television glass and cast it into pieces that reflect that nostalgia.
I use only 100% recycled glass.’
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