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.
Lisa Sheppy works with fused glass and enamel printmaking a form which she developed whilst studying for her MA in Multi-Disciplinary Printmaking at UWE, Bristol. Ideas for the work are based on garments from historical contexts and their significance as representation of women, society and confinement.
After a career as a Graphic Designer a move to the USA prompted me to pursue a new creative direction. I studied the art and craft of Stained Glass in Connecticut and then on my return to London I began studying and working with both Kiln formed glass and Blown glass. In 2007 I set up my own professional practice. In 2010 I joined the team at London Glassblowing Studio and Gallery as Exhibition Co-ordinator and Curator.