About

The Artist

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.

The work

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. 

CV

Education

2002-2004          The Royal College of Art (RCA) MA.

1996-1999          Buckinghamshire College (Brunel University) BA (Hons) Ceramics with Glass.

 

Work Experience

2005-2007          Peter Layton. London Glass blowing. London.

1999-2002          Glassforms.Max Jacquard. Kent.

 

Teaching/Lecturing

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).

 

Galleries

 The Gallery, London Glass Blowing, London. UK.

Contemporary Applied Arts, London. UK.

Plateaux Gallery Gallery, London. UK.

 

Selected Exhibitions

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. 

 

Awards

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.

 

Collections

National Museum of Scotland.  Donated from Dan Klein and Alan J. Poole (Private Collection) London. UK.

 

Catalogues

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

 

Books

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.

 

Magazine Publications

Craft Arts International. Issue 88. August 2013.

The Observer Sunday Supplement, Nov 2008, Courvoisier, The Future 500.

SE1 City Magazine, London, March 2008

 

Other Media

The Richard and Judy Show, Channel 5 Television, London, March 2005.

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