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After graduating in 1968, I worked with blown glass until 2004. I used a method of application in which flat compositions of coloured glass powders and drawn threads were picked up from the marver and sandwiched between layers of clear glass prior to blowing. My approach was painterly and themes were frequently stimulated by nature, views of landscapes, sails seen against the sea and sky, always exploring colour and light. In 2005 I started working with the kiln, making wall panels. Imagery involved visual ambiguity - semi-abstract architectural elements, or close-ups of randomly arranged workaday artefacts in dramatic light. Since 2012 I have been working in other graphic media including photography, with a similar visual approach.
I studied ceramics at Glasgow School of Art in the 80s, however due to other commitments I didn't get the opportunity to set up a pottery. Some years later while working at The Fruitmarket Gallery in Edinburgh I took up stained glass making and continued working in glass after moving to Hornby in Lancashire. There I took a further course at Dallam School in stained glass. This was followed by an introduction to fused glass, working again with a kiln. I now have a small studio at my home in Hornby.
I am a Glass Caster from Canada. My work is inspired by patterns of connection between the natural and human worlds. Metaphors and surreal imagery lead to the development of my three-dimensional forms. In my practice I express themes of duality and transformation in a purposefully fluid way, with the use of Gaffer Crystal Glass. I have a BA in Art History from Concordia University in Montreal, Quebec, and a BFA in Glass and Ceramics from the University of Sunderland in the UK. I now work from my studio in Ottawa, Ontario.
My muse is the material of glass itself. Glass to me is the closest thing we have to alchemy. My mission is to is to continue a journey of adventure, exploring all it's possibilities. Every piece is a new adventure. Splashbacks feed my stomach, individual pieces feed my soul.
Andrea Spencer's portfolio takes two divergent paths: public art commissions and autonomous sculpture.
The work she creates for commissioned public art works specialise in innovative applications of glass for the built environment, her small-scale sculpture and site-specific installations are concept driven. Throughout her work Spencer maintains an emphasis on the unique properties of glass, exploiting the intrinsic qualities of transparency, fragility and fluidity inherent within the material through the making process.