Glass and Ceramics | Class of 2020
As a mature student, I have many years of life experience which I use to inform most of my artwork. My aim is to engage the viewer with a sense of understanding and appreciation of the deeper emotional aspects of my pieces.
Although I predominantly work in glass, I use a variety of different media in my creative processes including ceramics. I choose to incorporate a number of techniques including stained glass, cast glass and kiln fused glass. I find the metamorphic properties of my chosen medium under the application of heat and the ability to manipulate it, to add materials to it and to change it’s appearance a truly mesmeric material quality.
For my final work for the BA Hons degree in Glass and Ceramics I am focusing on the memories I have following the death of my father 24 years ago. As I recall, his ashes were buried at the beginning of September. The start of autumn was beckoning and the many and varied Virginia Creepers that festooned the nearby pergola were aflame with many hot shades of red, yellow and orange. The senses of warmth and light were overwhelming but comforting. I feel a strong correlation between those leaves continuing their change, their subsequent falling from the plant and becoming one with the soil, akin to my father’s ashes being accepted into the ground.
The making of the leaves in glass was not only a challenge, but an important part of the narrative. I did not want them to be accurately representative, but more symbolic. As a result I spent several months of researching, testing, considering and reflecting. I achieved a finish in both texture and colour that I am satisfied with, having used my previous experience with Pate de Verre as a technique well suited to the qualities I wish to portray.
Due to the COVID-19 situation, I have been unable to continue making the additional 1500 pieces that I would need for my installation. I do have around 800 already made, and it is those that I am able to display here in several different scenarios.