I have over 20 years experience casting glass . My workshop, which was previously a blacksmith forge is located on Eel pie island in Twickenham where I have worked since 2007. Casting glass involves many processes from making silicone rubber moulds to cutting grinding and polishing the finished castings. Refractory moulds are made using clay, plaster and often wax models which is also known as the lost wax process. Using these techniques I undertake commissioned work as well as continually developing my own work for exhibitions.
Taking inspiration from celestial bodies and the natural world, I use colour and geometry to achieve effects that are subtle, harmonious and sometimes mysterious. My love of nature opens doors to new ideas and continued experimentation. Specific colour combinations are used in conjunction with geometry. My current work uses techniques and skill developed from years of experience with some pieces requiring up to 5 kiln firings. Dichroics, gold leaf and lustres are increasingly being explored.
The forms are usually abstract (like the cubes) where the layers of colour have been carefully considered to gain the right level of glow from within the geometry. My recent disc pieces are abstract in their form with a touch of realism such as clouds and patterns that mimic nature’s finer details.
2002-2004 The Royal College of Art (RCA) MA.
1996-1999 Buckinghamshire College (Brunel University) BA (Hons) Ceramics with Glass.
2005-2007 Peter Layton. London Glass blowing. London.
1999-2002 Glassforms.Max Jacquard. Kent.
2016-2018 University for the Creative Arts. Farnham
2012 Visiting Lecturer. De Montfort University.
2008 Visiting Lecturer. Hertfordshire University.
2007-2011 Part-time tutor. Richmond Adult Community College.
2004-2007 Visiting lecturer. Buckinghamshire Chilterns University (BCUC).
The Gallery, London Glass Blowing, London. UK.
Contemporary Applied Arts, London. UK.
Plateaux Gallery Gallery, London. UK.
Dec 2020 Time Suspended. Curated by Carrie Cunningham. London
June 2018 Light Box. New London Glass. St John on Bethnal Green. London
Aug 2016 Reflection. Salisbury Cathedral
May 2015 Collect. The Saatchi Gallery. London Glass Blowing.
May 2014 Collect. The Saatchi Gallery. London Glass Blowing.
April 2014 The Coburg prize for contempoary glass 2014. Germany.
Jan 2014 The Art of the Possible. Just Glass. PM Gallery and House. Ealing. UK.
Oct 2013 The International Exhibition of Glass Kanazawa. Japan.
June 2012 Relaunch of the National Glass Centre. Dan Klein and Alan J Poole Collection.
Aug 2012 The British Glass Biennale. Stourbridge. UK.
April 2011 CAA Focus Show. Contemporary Applied Arts. London. UK.
May 2011 A Passion for Glass. National Museum of Scotland. Edinburgh. UK.
July 2009 Breakthrough Ideas In Global Glass (BIGG). Urban Arts Space. Ohio. US.
May 2009 Bonhams, Modern and Contemporary Glass Auction. In associates with Dan Klein. London. April 2008 The Bombay Sapphire Prize 2008 touring exhibition. Milan. Italy.
Aug 2008 The British Glass Biennale 2008. Stourbridge. UK.
Nov 2008 Flow. The Black Horse Gallery. Frome. UK
Sept 2008 Transmitter. The Koukan Gallery. London.
Nov 2007 The London Group Open Exhibition. London.
Aug 2006 The British Glass Biennale 2006. UK
June 2005 Fresh air. Quenninton Sculpture Trust. Uk
June 2005 One year On. The Craft Council. Business Design Centre. London.
Sept 2004 The Bombay Sapphire Prize 2004 touring exhibion. London.
May 2004 Royal College of Art MA Show. London.
Aug 2004 Transfuse. The Great Eastern Hotel. London.
July 2002 Henley Festival 2002. UK.
Jan 2002 The London Art Fair. BUsiness Design Centre. London.
Jan 2008 The Craft Council Development Award. Arts Council.
July 2004 The New Designers Bombay Sapphire Award for Contemporary Glass.
June 2004 The Thames and Hudson RCA Society Art Book Prize.
National Museum of Scotland. Donated from Dan Klein and Alan J. Poole (Private Collection) London. UK.
The Coburg Prize for Contemporary Glass 2014
The International Exhibition of Glass Kanazawa Catalogue 2013
The British Glass Biennale Catalogue 2012
Breakthrough Ideas In Global Glass (BIGG) Catalogue 2009
Bonhams, Modern and Contemporary Glass Auction Catalogue 2009
The British Glass Biennale Catalogue 2008
The London Group Open Exhibition Catalogue 2007
The British Glass Biennale Catalogue 2006
A Passion for Glass: The Dan Klein & Alan Poole Private Collection. Rose Watban. NMSE - Publishing Ltd (13 nov 2014)
Past and Present, Peter Layton and London Glassblowing. 2012
Edition PAUMES, London Ateliers, Shufunotomosha. 2009.
Peter Layton and Friends - Celebrating London Glassblowing, Halsgrove publication. 2005.
Craft Arts International. Issue 88. August 2013.
The Observer Sunday Supplement, Nov 2008, Courvoisier, The Future 500.
SE1 City Magazine, London, March 2008
The Richard and Judy Show, Channel 5 Television, London, March 2005.