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Spring Open House

20 - 29 April

Piccolo

your first look

at peter's new series

Spring Open House 2018

20.04.18 - 29.04.18

With warmer weather drawing near, the Spring Open House is right around the corner! Specially for this April, we are pleased to spotlight Bruce Marks in our Featured Artist programme!

Not only one of our much loved resident artists but also our studio manager, Bruce is an integral part of the team here on Bermondsey Street. Better known for his stunning series Birds, he will present his largest collection of them yet in the gallery. Bruce will also launch new work during the Spring Open House: Weavers, a series that retains his purity and simplicity of form, interpreting it anew.

A sneak preview of Peter’s cheery series Piccolo, currently in development, and new work from our team of resident artists, fresh from its debut at Collect, will accompany Bruce’s work. Our hugely popular Studio Sale Table will be well-stocked with exquisite treasures, specially selected for spring. With organised demonstrations from Bruce, taking place Saturday the 21st of April, and an Artist Reception to open the show, the Spring Open House kicks off a new season of activity at London Glassblowing.

We’re open 7 days a week during the Spring Open House! We hope to see you Monday to Saturday from 10 am to 6 pm, or Sunday, April 22nd or 29th from 11 am to 5 pm.

21 April Glassblowing Demonstrations

Photo by Peter Mueller.

Photo by Peter Mueller.

During Bruce Marks’ Featured Artist programme we are very pleased to host a special day of glassblowing demonstrations from Bruce. Book your place to watch this talented glass artist make his work in our Bermondsey Street Studio.

Saturday, 21 April at 11 a.m., 2 p.m. and 4 p.m.

Admission is free, but booking is essential. Click here to book your tickets with Event Brite.

Featured Artist: Bruce Marks

Less is more. Those three words encapsulate the stunning bird-like forms created by Bruce Marks. Now, with London Glassblowing letting him steal the limelight for his own show, Bruce is ready to underline just how different each bird can be.

“I’ve been working on some new designs but it’s always difficult to change the format too much because the birds have been selling really well, especially in the last couple of years.

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“For the show, I’m planning to have quite a big installation of birds – different colours and styles, gallery space permitting of course!
“I’ve been playing with some baby bird sizes and they’ve worked really well, so hopefully visitors will be able to see quite a range on offer.”

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Bruce’s work is eye-catching in the extreme. A long-time admirer of Brancusi, who manages to distil the essence of his subjects despite using minimal detail, Bruce’s birds have a haunting simplicity.

And, to excuse the pun, they’ve really taken off with collectors and those new to glassblowing.

“It’s nice to have some commercial success,” he says. “Obviously I want people to love them and the thought of them in people’s homes is incredibly satisfying. But it also means that there’s less time spent on creating and developing new works. However, I’ll be revisiting some of the pieces that I’ve enjoyed making over the years, including some more conceptual works and other narrative pieces.”

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Born in South Africa and working for Peter Layton since 2001, admits finally to having adapted to the UK weather.

“I’m used to the cold now,” he laughs. “I did visit home recently and it was really quite inspirational so I’m hoping to develop some new work around that.”

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