A selected exhibition by 33 glass makers
Opening Saturday 11th September until Saturday 30th October
The Contemporary Glass Society CGS invited glass makers from around the world to submit one, two or three pieces for selection in an exhibition that was originally planned for opening on 2 May 2020. Unfortunately the opening of the show was postponed because of the Coronavirus pandemic yet most of the exhibitors agreed to offer their work as part of an online or virtual show that was exhibited on this webpage. Fortunately, more than 16 months later we are now able to show the selected works as originally intended and The Life Forms exhibition will now open in Pyramid Gallery at 12 noon on Saturday 11 September 2021.
The inspiration for the theme ‘LIFE-FORMS’ came about from looking for a subject linked to environmental concerns back in September 2019. There was a great amount of interest in the many threats to the environment during 2019, marked by the protests by both Greta Thunberg and the Extinction Rebellion movement. In searching for a title, it was noticed that 2020 would be the 200th anniversary of the launching of HMS Beagle on 11 May 1820. This was the ship that eventually took Charles Darwin to the Galapagos Islands. The anniversary of a famous ship opened up the theme to both a celebration of life on earth and also the scientific discoveries that became really important to human culture 200 years ago.
Life Forms – Exhibition of contemporary glass inspired by the natural world
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Sue produces mainly bespoke pieces for clients, both in public and private sectors, where the final work is developed through research and engagement with the clients.
Since 1989 her practice has been based at 36 Lime Street, and she began her career in the North East as a freelance lecturer at Sunderland University. Her practice is deeply embedded within the community which culminated in being selected for a joint ArtWorks Fellowship with Effie Burns in 2016, a national project overseen by Barbican and funded by the Paul Hamlyn Foundation. ArtWorks is a scheme supporting artists who work directly with the public sharing their skills and inspiring creativity.
Classes are run weekly from her studio open to all as well as working with Equal Arts and the National Glass Centre as part of the Creative Age Challenge project, working alongside people with earl on set Dementia.
She developed an interest in cast glass studying for her BA in Glass at West Surrey College of Art and Design at Farnham, which she then developed further studying for her MA at the Royal College of Art.
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My personal involvement in every part of the making process has enabled me to develop an individual style through which I am always striving to grow technically and artistically.
I have worked continuously as a designer maker since leaving Stourbridge College of Art in 1978. I spent two years as artist in residence at Royal Brierley Crystal making one-off pieces in glass and metal. Then in 1980 I joined the Glasshouse in London where my style of thick clear blown glass, enhanced by the use of cold techniques began to evolve. By 1985 and the formation of Glass-Works(London)Ltd, my work encompassed repeatable functional pieces and deeply carved one-off forms with a purely abstract sculptural identity. In 1997 I formed my own company, Catherine Hough Glass.
1980-1982 OND, Scientific Illustration, Southampton Art College
1984-1986 Trainee glass lampworker Lymington Glass Mystiques
1986- 1993 Self-employed glass sculptor, New Forest Glass Sculptures
2008- 2015 BSc Honours 2.1 Natural Sciences, Open University
I read a lot of fantasy and science fiction which led me to make dragons and fantasy creatures. I am still creating these after more than 30 years as they fascinate me and I am deeply involved in the intensity of creating them, particularly the larger sculptures as shown in my first image. Dragons are incredibly powerful Images to my mind and -I believe –to many others, being found in cultures all across the world. They continue to evolve in my sculptures. It still feels like magic to me when I work and complete a piece.
Rebecca Rowland-Chandler create objects of beauty that allude to the natural world, researching structural and decorative elements that combine the organic with the geometric. Inspired by her travels, her Icelandic Collection focuses on its otherworldy and elemental landscape, featuring vivid, jewel-like colours and dynamic contrasts. She is inspired by glass’s beautiful materiality, transparency, and fluidity, and creates a rich textural surface meticulously arranging frits to build up shade, colour, and tone, like a painter forming a painting, focusing on pattern, abstraction, and mark-making.
Following her MA at the Royal College of Art, Susan established a studio in London, moving to Cornwall in the 1990’s to take up a fellowship at Falmouth University. Her work has been widely exhibited in the UK and internationally, with awards from Arts Council England, Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation and the David Canter Memorial Fund. Her many commissions have included the British Embassy in Dublin, the Met Office and Penlee House Art Gallery & Museum, Penzance. Teaching experience ranges from part-time university lecturing to workshops and community engagement projects with galleries and museums. At the heart of her practice is a drive and commitment to making works that cross boundaries of disciplines, materials and processes and respond to particular places across time. Her starting points are often archaeological sites at the coastal boundaries of Britain and Ireland, and works in glass, enamels and Japanese papers mirror both the wider landscape and small, close up details.
HELEN SLATER STOKES
Sept 2013 ongoing – PhD by practice- specialising in glass – The Royal College of Art
June 2007 – Cert Ed University of Bedford
July 1996 – MA (RCA) – Glass & Ceramics – The Royal College of Art
July 1994 – BA (HONS) – 3D Glass & Ceramics – Sunderland University
2020 – Just Glass Seminar – Presenter
2019 – Glass Art Society Conference 2019 – Presenting a paper on ‘The Optical Perception of Image in Glass’ PhD research at The Royal College of Art.
Glorious Glass Forum – Contemporary Glass Society Forum, Buckingham Museum, Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire – PhD Research.
‘My work is inspired by nature, the seasons, landscapes and geology. The colours, shapes, rhythm and repetition of form all motivate me to interpret them in glass. The interplay of light on the surface and through the glass fascinates me. The creation of shadows, manipulating surface texture and creating depth and “windows of light” all encourage me to continue experimenting. My main body of work utilises reactive glass; I enjoy experimenting with temperature and colour combinations to maximise potential reactions. I will fire pieces multiple times to utilise reactions but also create texture. Whilst the colour palette can be limited, the results can be startling; the apparent simplicity of a piece belies the underlying complexity of it’s creation.’
Yuki graduated from Tokyo Glass Art Institute with a master degree in Glass Art in 1997. She then moved to the UK and studied metalwork and jewellery at The Surrey Institute of Art & design University College (UCA Farnham). After graduating, Yuki has worked for a number of internationally renowned glass studios. In this exhibition she explores the relationship between steel and glass in her mechanical and organic sculptural forms.
Originally on a Design course in Glass and Ceramics at Stoke-on-Trent, moving to working in Industry for thirty years, returning full circle, doing an MA in ‘Applied Art and Design’ at Wolverhampton University in 2017, working in Glass as a medium. Using Hot glass, from a studio furnace, the blown forms revolve around the ancient shape of the ‘Amphora’, a shape known to the Romans and people of Mesopotamia, an area that help found civilization as we know it.
Coral reefs are magnificent, undersea gardens populated by animals rather than plants – an extraordinary otherworld. This work is inspired by Porifera (marine sponges). They are weirdly beautiful animals that form a rarely discussed, essential part of the marine ecosystem. They are found from the shallows to the abyss, gracing us with their beautiful forms and colours.
Helen was born, brought up and continues to live in Cornwall. She works from her garden studio, a short walk from the many beautiful beaches of Newquay. Helen specialises in making sculptural kiln formed vessels inspired by nature and the coast. She utilises colours synonymous with the sea, shoreline and coastal path. Her shapes and forms are representative of sand pools, anemones, pebbles and other curious findings she encounters on and between the beaches and land. Her manipulation of colour, shape, and form result in unique art pieces which hold a sense of place with the ability to bring the outdoors indoors.
Tabitha Burrill said that discovering fused glass was like coming home, it was love at first fuse, she has never looked back throwing herself into this passion, mastering as many different techniques as possible which can be seen in all her creations.
She loves the process of making murrine which can be seen in her range of work using this technique. She enjoys the process of experimenting with glass and seeing where it takes her. She is fascinated by the chemistry of bullseye glass and what happens when some glasses react with others. As well as using it in all its different forms.
Intrigued by structures that while appear fragile belie the strength they possess, I take inspiration from complex forms which offer a sense of depth and fragility, often when viewed under a microscope.
‘Aulisca’ is a series of decorative glass pieces that take their origin from the study of diatoms, a large group of single cell algae. These are often referred to as ‘algae in glass houses’ due to their walls being made from silicon dioxide, silica being the main component of glass. Consisting of two halves, they grow as single cells or form simple colonies capturing solar energy and producing a quarter of our planets oxygen. Diatoms have evolved beautiful patterns of perforations in their exterior shell to allow nutrient exchange to take place and this creates a striking visual when seen under the microscope.
By using delicate lines of glass through many firings, these pieces are created in two halves. To complete each one, the matching halves are sewn together using thin lengths of metal or silk thread. This contrast of colour and material joins the fifteen points where the glass meets and forms a striking web through the centre of each sculpture, enhancing the inherent beauty of the glass.
Elizabeth Welch’s work is greatly inspired by natural forms, carefully using photos from researching trips and wildlife reference books. Each piece is made painstakingly by hand, using borosilicate glass; a hard glass mainly used in scientific and functional applications due to its strength and durability.
Rods of Borosilicate glass are melted using a surface mix oxygen and propane torch to create colourful, quirky creatures and sculptures. Colour is given to the glass using various different metal oxides in particular silver, gold and germanium oxides. Elizabeth buys and imports pre-coloured rods of Borosilicate glass from the USA to get consistent colour and compatibilities between the glasses
Mim Brigham is an award winning Cornish artist specialising in hot and warm glass. Her work fuses together her passion of science and art and her use of different glass techniques produces works that have abstract individuality with a literal twist. These pieces are inspired by the cells in a cross section of a blade of Marram Grass
I am a glass artist and designer maker with a studio at The National Glass Centre, Sunderland. I use glass to create form and imagery using mainly kiln casting and cold working techniques. The title used for Carolyn’s imagined life forms ‘Signa Vitae’ literally translates as ‘Writing Life’ or ‘Forming Life’
Signa Vitae look wonderful in a group
This lost wax cast sculptural work is influenced by the underlying structures of corals, their shape, growth and movement in the sea. I explore the mathematics of the coral shape, through crocheting, and create shapes that grow into itself during the process. I add layers of complexity throughout the lost wax casting process by refining and altering the piece at each stage.
Taking inspiration from life, both in physical forms and from emotional reactions Naomi endeavours to show how both collide and create something so fragile and somehow so strong. Combining Kiln formed glass processes with emotional reactions she expresses strengths and vulnerabilities seen through her personal life that she hopes will relate with others in similar circumstances. A process based glass artist who thrives on pushing the boundaries of conventional processes through challenging them and adapting to suit her needs.
Wendy first encountered kilnformed glass on an Art Foundation course in 2000 and was immediately captivated by the process. The next few years were spent studying for a part time Fine Art degree before deciding to concentrate on glass. A 3D glass course in London over three years gave her the necessary skills and experience to set up a studio at her home in Oxford. Wendy makes expressive glass pieces which have a painterly quality to them. Inclusions of precious metal leaf and wire enable her to ‘draw’ within the glass and create a palette of subtle colours when the glass is fired in the kiln. Natural forms have always been a strong vehicle for her techniques and her work is also informed by her love of pattern.
Wendy is a member of the Contemporary Glass Society and Just Glass regularly showing her work in their exhibitions. She has also taken part in Oxfordshire Artweeks open studios for thirteen years.
The Echinus Series is designed with my love of making glass and the textures you can create with the hand tools. Each ridge is created by squeezing the glass while it is molten meaning each piece is truly individual. The ridges make the glass tactile and draw the viewer in to stroke the glass.
Dot’s work is part of an ongoing exploration into human identity, life and death. The history of our individual identities is a source of endless curiosity, made all the more interesting by Darwin’s research into the origin of species. Understanding where we come from, who we are and where we hope our futures lie, are fundamental to how we feel about our present lives and perhaps how we respond to the protection of the planet.
Award winning glass sculptor, Max Jacquard, exhibits internationally and his work can be seen in several important museum collections including the V&A Museum in London, The Shipley Museum in Gateshead, MAVA in Alcorcon, Madrid and the Shanghai Glass Museum. He has been a practitioner in Glass for over twenty years and is known for his innovative techniques such as ‘Glass Patch-working and ‘Core Casting’. He teaches regularly at UCA Farnham and Bildwerk Summer Academy, Frauenau.
Yoshiko’s work continues to explore a Japanese background and experiences, and my current English and European situation. It explores the synergy and paradoxes these different influences create when patched together into an identity, lifestyle and consciousness. I have been working with kiln cast glass concentrating on forms of simplicity. My work explores themes of memory, identity, time and the human condition. Although seemingly complicated this often leads me to simple forms of expression or symbolism. For more information please visit YOSHIKO OKADA WEBSITE
Whilst working overseas I was captivated by the jewellery I found woven deep into the social fabric and history of each country I lived in. While my passion grew, it was only in my spare time that I had the opportunity to craft my own pieces, so in 2016 I enrolled at Farnham’s University for the Creative Arts (UCA), taking an MA in Jewellery. I haven’t looked back – I have finally found my true vocation. Recently I have focused on incorporating blown and fused glass with metals in all my work.At UCA, where I am currently Artist in Residence, I am further developing a range of wearable sculptures (my ‘Coralscape’ collection), and a new collection of back lit, blown glass wall sculptures (‘Vertical Reef’). Both collections raise the alarm on the destruction of the coral reefs from global heating and other environmental threats
Originally trained as a medical illustrator, Nancy is now an engraver specialising in figurative subjects. Work ranges in scale from small crystal blocks, vessels and sculptures to large wall mounted pieces, often incorporating gold leaf. Nancy is developing an individual style, and is interested in experimentation. She is pursuing a contemporary approach to engraving using traditional skills and techniques and is an elected Fellow of the Guild of Glass Engravers.
Nancy teaches drill engraving at at West Dean College UK, and occasionally at Bild-werk Frauenau Germany, Boda Glass Factory Sweden, and Corning Studio New York USA.
I work in leaded stained glass predominantly to commission designing and making contemporary and traditional windows for domestic and ecclesiastical situations. I teach private classes in my own studio.I also teach at Sussex Coast College, Hastings, East Sussex. I have recently completed a PGCE. with Brighton University.
My other work involves the use of kiln formed glass and lead sheet, which I have explored the use of for personal exhibition pieces. Please visit Isobel Brunsdon’s Website
Dr Angela Thwaites is an artist, researcher, author and educator based in South London. The focus for Angela’s art practice is making sculpture in glass. Exhibiting frequently on a national and international basis, her artwork is visually varied and combines hand and digital processes to explore 3D form and structure translated into glass. Angela has also created a number of works for specific locations and commissions and collaborates with other artists. Please visit Angela Thwaites Website
Maria creates a narrative evoking something significant from natures’ transformation, transience and fragility. She engages with both the fictional and the scientific, creating concepts around the notion of beauty and addressing both vulnerability and strength in real time, invoking paradoxical and shifting natural phenomena as well as the huge destructive shifts that are taking place in the natural world. Please visit Maria Zulueta’s website
I work from my new studio, Bal Maiden Studio Glass, in West Cornwall. We have over a decade of experience working in glass. We design and produce traditional and modern glass for domestic and architectural spaces. Our bespoke commissioning service offers a wide variety of techniques and finishes including leaded stained glass, fusing, sandblasting, kiln-formed casting and painting. We also offer courses for beginners and workshop facilities for the more experienced
I grew up and trained in the Netherlands. People are central to my work, which is also based on the close observation of the natural world. Often my wood cuts, etchings and stained glass tell a story.
I am a member of the Royal Society of Painter-Printmakers . Please visit Frans Wesselman website
Dominic Fondé FGE is a professional glass artist who has been working with blown and engraved glass art since the mid 1990’s. He has many of his artworks in public and private collections in the United Kingdom and Europe. His public commissions notably include a series of engraved art glass windows at the Birmingham Botanical Gardens. In 2006 he relocated to Singapore and in early 2008 founded Dominic Fonde Glass Art. Dominic was for many years the only professional glass engraver working in Singapore and was featured on Media Corp TV programs “On The Beat” and “Knockout”. In December 2008 he was elected to Associate Fellowship of the Guild of Glass Engravers. In 2009 he took part in “Migrate” the 30th anniversary show of the Scottish Glass Society, which toured the UK. His piece for the show titled “9 feathers” was auctioned to raise funds for the Scottish Glass Society’s future projects. In 2010 he curated “Birdsong”, a touring exhibition that visited Japan, Scotland and Singapore and in 2011 he wrote and performed a one man show “The Human Tide”, a series of twelve linked short stories that explore the power of perfume.
Dominic became fascinated with the technique of drill engraving while working in London for glass artist Steven Newell in the late 1990’s. Drill engraving offered him the opportunity to marry his two passions, glass and story telling. He began to inscribe his short stories onto glass objects, typically, jugs, vases or plates. Initially his short stories were science fiction and fantasy-based efforts but over time he began to explore the emotional weight that objects such as vases, wine glasses and paperweights have in peoples lives. These items might be fine craft objects or simply nick knacks picked up at a rummage sale, never-the-less they become of crucial emotional importance to people and their sudden loss can be a dramatic and devastating moment. A glass can hold more than water and vase more than flowers. They hold thoughts feelings and memories too. His recent work has expanded to include drawings as well as text and has seen him focus on images of birds and feathers.