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Melting Point – the Pyramid Gallery Glass Newsletter May 2021

Melting Point will focus on British studio glass, and the artists and their stories. All the pieces shown are either currently at Pyramid Gallery or available via Pyramid Gallery.

The intention of this page is to show all the work that is currently in the Pyramid Gallery collection, and for sale. And to promote work that is currently being exhibited by the artist or is available exclusively through Pyramid Gallery..

On Wednesday 20th January 2020, Pyramid Gallery owner Terry Brett will be talked via Zoom to members of the Contemporary Glass Society (CGS) about the glass collection at Pyramid Gallery. It was this event (part of a weekly series by the CGS that inspired the creation of this page). The Zoom event is open to members of the CGS. Membership is just £60 per year for an individual or £40 for those over 60. Please click to JOIN the CGS HERE

Coming Soon…..

Saturday 8th May studio glass featuring work by

new work by FIAZ ELSON, JON LEWIS, CRISPIAN HEATH, LAURA HART

as well as all the pieces by glass artists mentioned below

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Makers who have new work at Pyramid Gallery…

 

The Pyramid Gallery Glass Collection…

 

 

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SARAH BROWN glass artist and illustrator

Sarah Brown architectural glass

Sarah Brown has recently been working at Colin Reid’s studio in Stroud, where she has been developing her own range of kiln cast sculptures that are inspired by winter mists with trees. The new series mark a change in Sarah’s approach to design and making. She is diversifying from illustration and Architectural work towards sculpture and focus on the object.

Two castings are made for each sculpture. The first casting is for forming the individual trees. The second incorporates those trees into the main body that is cast in layers in a mould. The sculpture is finished by cold working to achieve a soft matt surface. The following are the first pieces to be finished and shown in an exhibition

Before she did those ……

Sarah studied Applied Arts at The University of Hertfordshire graduating with a First Class Honours degree in 2010, where she specialised in glass and used illustration in her work. She has recently pursued her interest in larger scale architectural applications for her practice working on private and public projects that create more of an impact and can be used for a variety of applications. She had the opportunity to learn a large number of processes across many disciplines whilst at university and now Sarah enjoys adapting techniques to apply to different materials, most specifically Sarah has a keen interest in working with glass and vinyl.

Inspired by everyday life, Sarah likes to document scenes and interactions between people and their environment, enabling the viewer to see a location in a different way. Starting with people watching, then drawing and playing with depth and transparency, all of which plays a huge part in her work. Creating artwork for specific locations using local inspiration is exciting to her as it keeps work relevant and special to one place.

The challenge and fragility of glass can create unexpected results, many nice surprises, and some not so much, but working through this enables Sarah to continuously question why glass and push the boundaries of what she does. Sarah loves to transform the surface of the glass with her meticulously planned drawings. She creates depth and layers within the work, which is then subjected to the heat of the kiln to finally transform and create her pieces. Within her glasswork Sarah uses a combination of techniques and processes to transform the surface; these techniques include digital processes, sandblasting, stencilling, free hand drawing and the application of gold, platinum and mother of pearl lustres.

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James Devereux glass
James Devereux with Kopis Pair, photo Simon Bruntnell

JAMES DEVEREUX – glass blower and artist

Pyramid Gallery is pleased to welcome James Devereux to show his work in York for the first time. Long overdue!

Starting in the industry at the age of 15 Devereux showed a natural talent for the craft and has been working as a glass artist ever since. Specialising in working with hot glass, he is adept at working with solid forms as well as blown pieces. Working with an extensive knowledge of glass techniques Devereux will happily undertake new challenges.

In September 2008 Devereux opened his first Studio set in the inspiring Wiltshire countryside. In 2009 Devereux started as the glass technician at the Royal College of Art in London. This role opened up vast new contacts and opportunities that are still a core of his career to date.

After leaving in London in 2013 Devereux and Huskie set up a new studio together. To this day the studio has gone from strength to strength and attracts some of the finest glass artists in the country and overseas. A high skill level, technique and a good eye help make Devereux a highly respected glass craftsman.

Monolithic in presence, the Clovis Collection is the result of laboured experiments by the artist to be able to literally chip the glass like stone. A blow too hard would simply shatter the piece, too light a tap would crush the surface. After perfecting this unusual technique, the results are breathtaking, smooth lines are juxtaposed with the haphazard. After flame polishing, these meandering edges are not sharp despite their appearance but smooth to the touch.

Kopis are made as a pair. These limited edition ceremonial pieces, are an evolution of the original Clovis. Striking and strong, yet with a gold or silver centre and fluid elegance, the Kopis pieces mark Devereux’s first 20 years of glassmaking. These sculpted pieces showcase Devereux’s unique ‘hot chipped glass’ technique. Flecked with real silver or gold, and nestled on a polished, stainless steel base.

These 3 pieces are currently on display in Pyramid Gallery. Unfortunately, the current lockdown prevents anyone from seeing them! They will still be there at the end of this lockdown. If purchased they can be sent by courier.

 

They will still be there at the end of this lockdown. If purchased they can be sent by courier.

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JON LEWIS – glass sculpture

Since his first introduction to glassmaking in 1989, Jon Lewis has become fluent in many glass disciplines. He has exhibited worldwide and has produced blown, cast, stained glass and numerous commissions, both architectural and sculptural.
As well as working on his own glass creations, Jon offers a unique service to assist clients with their bespoke projects.

With a wealth of experience in many glass techniques and disciplines, Orbic glass is able to offer consultation, design, prototyping and manufacturing in glass in many forms. With a can do, anything is possible attitude, Orbic Glass has helped to realise project proposals from many clients.
Jon has worked on many recycled glass projects in collaboration with Liquid Projects, constructing a hot glass studio at design events to demonstrate live glass blowing and upcycling to live audiences using melted TV screens and bottles.
Jon is constantly making new work. His blown glass is constantly evolving. In recent years Jon has been working on large glass wall pieces. These could be called three dimensional paintings; they are concerned with ever changing colour fields and structures.

Every piece of Jon’s art has a twist. Each of his designs can be traced back to a sketch, sometimes scribbled many years before just waiting for that last ingredient of inspiration for it to become a reality

 

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cliff sculpture
CRH251 is a cast glass sculpture by Crispian Heath

CRISPIAN HEATH – cast glass sculpture

I have been working with Glass for 30 years. After learning the technicques, of stained glass. I established my own business making and designing panels for private residences and commercial. My desire to further explore the possibilities of glaas, promted me to enrol in a degree course at Plymouth. followed by an MA at Sunderland.This has led me to explore outher methods of working with glass, mainly casting glass in to moulds and working with more sculptural forms.

My work is inspired by landscape. I love exploring the rugged cliffs and other geological sites of Britain. It is there I am able to connect with the play of light on the natural world. My process begins when I am faced with the elements and the history of the land – the apparent as well as the unseen forces at work. The feel of the place interacts with my imagination. Glass, as a material to cast, is irresistible to me. I am inspired to design and make sculpture that interacts with light. I use the properties of transparency, refraction and reflection to create an inner world within an outer form. The process of making – from concept to realization – allows for the unexpected to take place. This can be exciting and often leads to new discoveries that inform and ensure the work is evolving. Most of my work are one-off pieces, many in private collections in the UK and abroad

 

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HANNAH GIBSON Glass Sculptor

Whilst studying Geology at the University of Edinburgh Hannah became fascinated by the mineralogy and the reactions between various elements, metals and compounds. This led her towards a passion for the alchemy of glass.
Capturing the nostalgic imagery of childhood, exposing hidden narratives, through cast sculptural glass stands at the core of Hannah’s work.
Passionate about sustainability and recycling, using only 100% recycled glass, and found objects. Sweet Nothings are a series of individual, unique Cast Glass figures. Usually found in pairs, whispering ‘Sweet Nothings’ to one another.
What are they whispering?
‘Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot. Nothing is going to get better. It’s not.’ (Dr Seuss, The Lorax).
Hannah Gibson BSc Geology MA Glass
This collection are titled ‘Time and Tide wait for no Man’ and incorporate tiny fragments of broken watches.

ARTIST GLASS MAKERS currently exhibiting at Pyramid Gallery

The work shown below is currently on display at Pyramid Gallery until the end of the January lockdown

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DAVID REEKIE glass sculptor

David Reekie has a long and prestigious history as an artist specialising in glass, beginning as a student in 1967 at the Stourbridge College of Art, he has gone on to lecture and exhibit at the RCA and the V&A London, and also colleges and galleries in the States, Australia, Hong Kong and throughout Europe. David has developed his own lost wax casting technique to produce unique pieces that encompass symbolism and social comment as well as touches of wit and irony.

David Reekie made these as trial pieces for a  group of three Balancing Figures for show in France on the summer 2020. These pieces were produced as a response to the Covid19 pandemic 2020.

I recently worked on a series of Balancing Figures for the Verriales show at the Galerie Internationale du Verre in Biot, France, back in July. In the making of this series I had three test pieces which I did not use for this show.  Though not perfect, they are three nice pieces and are being offered to collectors as Test pieces at prices that are very much lower than the three that were selected for the show.  David Reekie 2020

All three are signed by David Reekie June 2020

This is a great opportunity for a collector to add a David Reekie piece to their collection.

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Cara Wassenberg glass artist by Sarah Sheldrake

CARA WASSENBERG sculptor and glass artist

These cast glass and forged mild steel sculptures, Grounded I,II and II are a response to lockdown during April and May 2020

Having grown up on a farm in Dorset Cara’s decision in 1986 to study Fine Art in the urban, industrial city of Coventry was a stark transition but it eventually led to her discovering metal as a preferred medium. She went onto specialise in metalwork and design at Hereford Technical college and then further afield working with and learning from artists and metalsmiths in London, Lisbon, Memphis and Berlin. In Berlin she worked with Achim Kuhn, an East German Designer and blacksmith, helping restore some of the cities most monumental copper sculptures after the reunification. This initial introduction to the warmth and malleable qualities of copper fed back into her own work when eventually she returned to England.

Cara now lives with her family near Petersfield, Hampshire in the UK. Her workshop is on a nearby farm at the foot of the Southdown Hills.

In 2017 she graduated with distinction from a master of Arts degree programme in Metalwork from the University of the Creative Arts, Farnham. She has recently completed a year as artist in residence at UCA Farnham. With the aim of bringing more light, translucency and shadow into her work she has been experimenting and incorporating cast glass into projects with steel and copper.

Cara Wassenberg, photo Sarah Sheldrake

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LAYNE ROWE glass blower

Layne Rowe is one of the most highly regarded glass blowers in the UK, having been a principal glass blower for Peter Layton for many years. He also produces his own glass ranges in his studio in  North Cambridgeshire

 

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MORAG REEKIE sculptor and glass artist

At the beginning of the lock down I came up with the idea of my dragons. Being cooped up and feeling frustrated with our government and their lack of compassion for others and their idleness with controlling Covid, my spiky little dragons came to mind!

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JADE PINNELL sculptor and glass artist

Jade first experimented with casting recycled glass in 2007 whilst studying 3D design at college.  She went on to graduate with a First Class Hons degree in Decorative Arts from Nottingham Trent university in 2010. Jade proceeded to train at a glass school in Wiltshire where she gained experience in glass making and teaching. Since 2012 Jade Pinnell has trained with several well-known cast glass artists in Australia, New Zealand and the UK. Jade creates her own unique cast glass sculpture which she now exhibits nationally.

‘I use the cast glass technique to capture a fleeting moment of interaction between light and architecture. Angular forms are used to create the illusion of more depth, which accentuates the flow of colour inside the pieces. Colour is so important. I use carefully selected colour compositions as a way of creating atmosphere and communicating a sense of time. ‘ Jade Pinnell

The Pyramid Gallery Glass Collection…

These are pieces that have been purchased for the gallery. Please contact the gallery to discuss any purchase. If you have not already inspected the piece, then it might be possible for this to be arranged before a purchase is made. Some pieces are quite heavy and delivery needs to be thought about. This can sometimes be a personal delivery by Terry in his car.

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glass sculpture
Open Eye R2010 is a cast glass sculpture by Colin Reid 41cm

COLIN REID – sculptor and glass maker

Pyramid Gallery has represented Colin Reid for many years, since before 1994.

Colin Reid is an internationally renowned glass artist, who exhibits in over 45 museum collections worldwide, and has most recently won the prestigious 2014 Coburg Glass Prize Alexander Tutsek Award for his piece ‘Ring of Fire’. He graduated from the Stourbridge School of Art, Stourbridge in 1981, and is a Member of the Royal Society of British Sculptors and an Honorary Member of the Contemporary Glass Society.

Colin works principally in kilncast glass using lost wax casting to create sculptures with rough highly textured areas contrasted with immaculately polished and reflective surfaces. Working with high quality optical crystal, he is inspired and influenced by the natural world and architecture. During 2020 Colin has been making a collection of work for a major purchase by a museum in the USA. These 4 pieces are currently available at Pyramid Gallery and a further piece is currently being made. They will be added to these page when they are finished.

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by Bruno Romanelli

BRUNO ROMANELLI – sculptor and glass maker

Bruno Romanelli is a London based artist that specialises in the technique of lost-wax glass casting.

With over 30 years of experience working with glass, Bruno is an established and successful artist, exhibiting both nationally and internationally throughout the year.

With work in many major collections worldwide, including The Victoria & Albert Museum in London, Bruno is recognised as a leading contemporary in his field.

Pyramid Gallery has represented Bruno Romanelli for 15 years and purchased the half bust (a cast of the artist’s head) Revelation IV in 2007. Very few of such pieces were made, along with casts of other parts of his body, all now extremely rare. Since then, Bruno has concentrated on form and colour, using these aspects of the design together to play with light. The forms look uncomplicated but the techniques used in their making are complicated and carefully engineered. The main elements in each form are cast using the lost wax process, but much cold working is also necessary.

The pieces in this collection have all been purchased by Pyramid Gallery, the latest being Iapetus which was commissioned in December 2012 and delivered in March 2021. Gallery owner Terry Brett worked with Bruno to decide the shapes of the components and colours – the combinations of which are unique to each piece made. Bruno named this piece Iapetus after the third-largest natural satellite of Saturn, eleventh-largest in the Solar System, and the largest body in the Solar System known not to be in hydrostatic equilibrium. When observed, it’s brightness varies as it orbits Saturn due to varying surface reflectivity of each of it’s hemispheres. In Greek mythology, Iapetus was a Titan, son of Uranus and Gaia.

It is fitting that the use of yellow (Bruno’s favourite colour) should be applied to this piece that was finished as spring beckoned after one of the strangest winters. The yellow represents a bright new world.

 

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FIAZ ELSON – sculptor and glass maker

Pyramid Gallery has represented the Stroud based glass artist Fiaz Elson for more than 10 years and made several purchases of her work for the Pyramid Gallery collection.

‘My work is expressive in its form, provoking an emotional and intellectual response. It explores our emotive worlds, experiences and memories make us who we are. We all have several sides to our personalities, consciously or unconsciously we reveal or keep them hidden. This concept is expressed through the use of curves, angles and space.

Each piece has a relationship with the interior and exterior structure, bending, distorting and refracting light, creating a dynamic energy between colour and form. The space between the pieces is very specific, not too wide as to separate them and not too close to join as one. The fissure creates a tension, pushing and pulling representing the constant contradictions of persona, negative and positive, harmony and discord, clarity and obscurity, whilst the inner space of the lenses and grooves represent our private sides, a place you are not always allowed in, an inner sanctuary.

Keeping the sculptures minimal, their powerful presence naked of pattern or texture, allows the glass itself to convey the concept.’ Fiaz Elson 2020

 

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