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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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Laura Quinn's work encourages engagement to challenge the perceived restraints of glass. The forms she creates are modular, often composed of hundreds of individually handmade glass components combined with alternative materials to create moveable, durable frameworks.
Based on theorist Michael Polanyi's writings on tacit knowledge, this work explores what silent knowledge of the material and making process the viewer can obtain through viewing and touch. The sweeping long neck and bulbous bodies evoke a sense of the movement, and inflation of the hot glass under the elongating effects of gravity during the making process. The spiked glass formations evoke a curiosity to touch, but an uncertainty of their ability to survive human interaction.
The combination of the meticulously handmade glass components with the silicone membrane allows this work to welcome human engagement. It draws the viewer closer to the work, challenging preconceived ideas that glass is too fragile to touch.