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The Finale form the 2004 International Festival of Glass
Helen Prytherch

The Ruskin Glass Centre is home to a number of glass artists and best known for initiating the International Festival of Glass and British Glass Biennale.

Frozen Rain
Mike Inch

Inspired by the trail left by the death of an electron, or the pitted surface of the inside of a copper tank, I continue to explore the diverse relationship glass has with metal, and the relationship I have with glass, metal, process and scale. I continually try and push the boundaries of the material within a fairly simple process, and sometimes with a simple form, a square, a circle, a triangle.I am also fascinated by the concept of the 'repeat one-off', individually created pieces grouped together, that have strength of their own but take on another presence when displayed in quantity.I work with the possibilities created by incorporating recycled materials within my work. Particularly with copper, metals acquired from manufacturing processes contain their own unique reaction when fused in glass.I also challenge the sometimes-perceived fragility of studio glass, and invite the perception of a robust, tactile and enduring material. Many of my pieces can withstand temperature and moisture changes therefore suitable for outside spaces.The movement of both natural and artificial light through my pieces play an important part of my work, and some pieces move from 'object' to 'installation'.