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The United Nations General Assembly approved a resolution declaring the year 2022 as the International Year of Glass to celebrate the heritage and importance of this material in our lives. To celebrate this, the New Ashgate is delighted to present two art glass exhibitions this year.
This exhibition is a collaboration with the Contemporary Glass Society to present Joyful Reflections, an exhibition featuring 15 exceptional makers working in a variety of diverse glass techniques.
The Contemporary Glass Society is the leading organisation representing national and international glass artists, designers, and makers. With over 1,000 members, the society champions the work of independent makers through a variety of initiatives including business development opportunities and exhibitions at leading galleries all over the UK.
On their 50th anniversary, we are delighted to announce that the Crafts Council has selected the exhibition as a Make! Craft Live! partner.
In Joyful Reflections, the artists step back from the sadness of the pandemic and embrace the joy of life as we know it now. Vibrant colours and transparent forms reflect the joyful moments we have come to appreciate in everyday life.
Selected makers include Teresa Chlapowski, Hannah Gibson, Jianyong Guo, Laura Hart, Julie Light, Roberta Mason, Wendy Newhofer, Lisa Pettibone, Laura Quinn, Morag Reekie, Amy Skachill Burke, Nancy Sutcliffe, Cara Wassenberg, Frans Wesselman and Sandra Young.
Testing the parameters of the material, the makers highlight their refined craft skills including blown, cast, fused, engraved and stained-glass techniques through a collective of sculptural and decorative work.
The exhibition highlights the luminous, reflective, and often illusional qualities of glass, celebrating its unique ability to express fragility, rigidity, pattern, and form.
Our second exhibition for the International Year of Glass opens on 24th September, presenting stained glass by Jessica Stroud, the Surrey Artist of the Year 2021.
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Hannah Gibson is an internationally renowned glass artist; and geologist, based near London.
Capturing the nostalgic imagery of childhood and exposing hidden narratives through cast sculptural glass stands at the core of her work.
While studying for an MA in glass at the University for The Creative Arts in Farnham, Hannah began working on her current body of work, Recycling Narratives, Whispering Sweet Nothings. Returning as Artist in Residence, the focus of her research was on materiality. She is constantly pushing the boundaries of glass.
Passionate about sustainability and recycling, using predominantly recycled glass and found objects, Sweet Nothings are a series of cast glass figures whispering Sweet Nothings to one another. By keeping the shape the same, Hannah is able to focus purely on the glass itself. Recycling Narratives, A Riot of Colour is cast using 100% recycled glass, a joyful reflection of a previous life.
Hannah's work has been collected and widely exhibited internationally including SOFA Chicago, COLLECT, Venice, Northlands Creative, The Habatat Galleries, The Chesterfield Gallery, The Imagine Museum, The National Liberty Museum, The Royal Scottish Academy, Rhodes University, Kyoto, The Pyramid Gallery and London Glassblowing.