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The Contemporary Glass Society: Joyful Reflections - Celebrating the International Year of Glass

30 April to 11 June 2022

The Contemporary Glass Society: Joyful Reflections - Celebrating the International Year of Glass

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.

Jianyong Guo

Beauties and Nature I (Set of four)

Glass

Ref: 116544

50 x 70 x 25 cms

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Jianyong Guo

Jianyong Guo tries to create his works with the purest language and emotion, combining painting and sculpture, and trying to achieve the harmony between inside and outside. Its fundamental principle comes from the Taoist thought of the unity of man and nature. Harmony between man and nature is the idea he always sticks to, viewing harmony as the great beauty of the world.

This work uses casting method and innovative application of traditional Chinese snuff bottle painting and inside hollowing techniques. Traditional Chinese snuff bottle painting has not made substantial progress in the past 200 years of development. This work combines glass sculpture with inside painting. It is guided by the idea of 'Yin' and 'Yang' harmony in traditional Chinese Taoist philosophy, which attempts to present a picture of harmonious coexistence between man and nature. It is also hoped that this new model will promote the development of traditional inside painting and lead to inside glass painting developing as a strand of the contemporary glass arts.

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