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Designer / maker of art installations and sculptural lighting.
I make sculptural lighting tailored to architectural spaces on all scales, in buildings from public to domestic, from grand to intimate. My forms are organically inspired, using materials such as woven metal meshes, glass, low energy fibre optics and LEDs combined to produce an atmospheric blend of ethereal silhouettes, subtle shapes and light. I have been able to extend this fascination with light, shadow and transparency by working with kiln formed glass. I love the way that the material flows into the mould giving very organic shapes and the luminous qualities of glass, whether it is lit by natural or artificial light.
I am constantly fascinated, cannot help but probe, the boundaries that define each of us as a unique person. The boundaries that others construct for us whether social, cultural or physical are so often implicit rather than explicit. I try to use glass as a means of revealing, exploring, hopefully deconstructing those implicit boundaries.
Ruth works from her studio, based in Cardiff, where she produces a variety of fused and kiln formed objects of vivid colour and depth such as bowls, jewellery, as well as free standing and wall mounted pieces. She also works alongside architects to design and produce or restore leaded lights.
Keith predominantly works with Copper in glass to create bespoke bowls and dishes, but more recently, he has been involved in creating individual unique vases.
In a relatively short period of time I have been catapulted forward, accelerating my individual creativity and exploitation of the qualities of kiln formed glass. Whilst practising and experimenting with different techniques I was excited by my intentional and accidental outcomes. By bring glass and metals together I have attempted, not only to define each pieces functionality, but also to create a strong visual attraction to ‘touch and feel’ the nature, outline and identity of each piece.
I am extremely excited with recent developments, particularly with my vases and my goal is not only to make work that is certainly possible to be used functionally but also to cross the boundary of function to that of a work of art.