Member Directory: H
Katy Holford is both a glass designer and glass sculptor. At the present time she combines working as MD and Creative Director at Cumbria Crystal and continues to develop her sculptural work.
I have been collecting glass for 30 years. I am the Director of Corporate Social Responsibility for Thomas Miller (www.thomasmiller.com) where I have been since 1978. My wife and I also run a charity supporting young opera singers (www.azurialopera.com). I commission glass for opera prizes and corporate gifts.
Emma Hollins has both a literal and abstract approach, creating two distinct avenues of work: Literal Translations and Emerging
Images. Both routes are related by her focus for producing raw familiar connections with unfamiliar objects and her appreciation of personal marks of the hand made. She utilises her materials to dictate a flow of imagery, showing materials in new lights.
My work involves exploration by the application of pattern and the use of composite layers of colour, to express texture and form in primarily functional glass pieces
Simon has recently been awarded an MPhil in the Applied Arts from De Montfort University, Leicester. His research involved investigating methods for the application and control of complex air patterns within blown glass.
The exploration of form and material has always been central to my work. The essential starting point of any piece is the creation of a free blown glass form which is then transformed by the use of coldworking techniques.
Recently I have been re-interpreting my use of these techniques in combination with my interest in photography, nature and environmental concerns. Through the manipulation of images on single or multiple forms I am exploring the interaction of form, line and movement, transparency and reflection.
My work is based around the experience of living in East Yorkshire, very close to the sea . The colours, textures and sensual properties of the shore and surrounding environment are portrayed in mixed media pieces. Translucent kiln formed glass reflects the coastal light.
I trained as a fine artist, painting in ceramics, and have taught art ceramics and 3D for 30 years. I have just completed an MA in glass at the university of Wolverhampton and I have my own studio at home.