Region:Greater London

Technique:Cold work, Engraving Kiln work

Occupation:Artist, Trade and Industry

Discipline:Architectural, Decorative, Fine art

Areas of Interest:Competitions, Conferences, Education

Country:United Kingdom

County:Greater London

Eryka Isaak

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'.

Recent projects have included chandeliers and huge thick slumped bowls. I am trying to perfect a bowl shape and texture through subtle variations in temperature and time of firing.