Born in Gloucester in England, I grew up in rural central France in the middle of the Burgundy countryside, in a house surrounded by the18th century buildings of a brick and tile works. Coming from a potter’s family I have always been in the workshop making things with clay. Growing up in an environment of .....
Born in Gloucester in England, I grew up in rural central France in the middle of the Burgundy countryside, in a house surrounded by the18th century buildings of a brick and tile works. Coming from a potter’s family I have always been in the workshop making things with clay. Growing up in an environment of nature and craft has definitely influenced my life and work so far.
I have always been fascinated by glass objects, since an early age I liked the mineral look and the transmission of light in glass. I was especially attracted by the material itself. Then when I started learning glass blowing, at the age of 17, I became interested in a new material I didn’t know much about and the special skills that are required to work it. What interested me were and still are, the complexities of hot glass, and the challenges that mean that I am always learning more. I spent 4 years in France learning the basic technical skills of glass blowing, at l’Ecole National du verre a technical training for working in the French crystal factories, then I went to art school at The Royal Danish Academy of fine arts, Schools of architecture ,Design and conservation on Bornholm in Denmark where my mind was opened to other techniques and other possibilities that I could explore with glass. There I could practice my skills and develop my creativity for 3 years.
Since I graduated in 2014,I have been part of two Artist residency programs in the USA, one at Starworks in Star NC,and the Eair Program at Pilchuck Glass school in Stanwood,WA and one in Japan, Naked craft Project residency in Kobe. I have shown my work in exhibitions in Europe, the UK the USA and Japan.
The starting point in my work is nature. I take a detail of an element I find in nature and use it as a inspirational base to create my own abstraction, that then builds into a complex sculpture. Contrast in translucency and texture enrich the natural glass qualities. My inspiration can be from plants, insects, nests or animals.
I enjoy using several different glass techniques, glass blowing, kiln and sand casting, and fusing. In my glass work, I often use 2 techniques in one piece.
In the process the first technique is used as an initial step and the second builds the final sculpture.
The starting point in my work is nature. I take a detail of an element I find in nature and use it as a inspirational base to create my own abstraction, that then builds into a complex sculpture.
My inspiration comes from cycles of nature that I associate with glass making process because to me the material is at it’s most alive when it’s hot and being transformed. The end result is solid and doesn’t move any longer, it is at the fragile time before disintegration and maintains a dynamic form and rich structures such as dry leaves, feathers or sea shells. In the making process I shape it hot in an open kiln until the glass stops moving. When the glass transforms to be a solid, the piece is finished.
My current work combines several techniques with the goal of creating a unique aesthetic.
My work process consists of making a repetition of one glass unit. When combined together these multiples create a textured pattern which then get fused to a glass background. The final step is to open the hot kiln and hand shape the glass creating the movement and organic aesthetic. I have tried this process with small units using different techniques: kiln cast, blown glass and fused sheet glass which are then cold worked before fusing.
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The artists in this exhibition are sharing their work from around the world.