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Bi-Me is a collaboration between Graeme and Michaela Grimshaw, both of whom are visiting lecturers at Buckinghamshire Chilterns University and Lancaster Central University. Their skills, flair and talent come together in Bi-Me Ltd, which produces unique yet both decorative and functional hand crafted glass.
The movement and fluidity of the material in the making process is essential to the creation of their free blown work and acts as a key source of inspiration in the final design transfered into the resultant form. In contrast Michaela produces plaster moulds into which Graeme blows the molten glass. Here the mould is an aid giving the product its initial form and relief which is picked up and then manipulated into a finished piece. The work is both decorative and functional, handmade and unique.
Graeme and Michaela's installation Falling Feather comprises four glass feathers suspended from ceiling eyebolts with the lowest resting on a plinth. It was selected by the New London Glass Society for Tracks, an exhibition of 13 glass artists in the London Underground station, Gloucester Road December 2001 - January 2002. It is currently on display in the gallery 'Espai Vidre' in the city centre of Barcelona,running from 16th May - 30th July 2002.
Work has also been featured in the Guardian weekend supplement, The Sunday Times Style Magazine, Elle Decoration, Intra Magazine, Kitchens Bedrooms and Bathrooms and The Evening Standard.
Graeme Hawes graduated from Sunderland University with a BA(Hons) in 3D Design in ceramics and glass before gaining a MA in glass design at the Royal College of Art in 1993. Upon completing his Masters Degree in 1995 he has enjoyed working as a freelance glassmaker and designer, supplying his work to many shops and galleries throughout the UK and abroad. Michaela Grimshaw graduated from BC University College with a BA(Hons) in Ceramics with Glass a course which combines the techniques, skills and design requirements of both media. For 5 years she has enjoyed putting her skills into practice by producing well crafted plaster models and moulds on a freelance basis alongside the production of her ceramic work.