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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.

Laura Hart

Mary Decanter

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Laura Hart

'Rose Couture' is an evolutionary step in Laura's work, embodying that which is missing by necessity in her fragile orchids and butterflies; the invitation to touch and interact. What she loves most about her own collections is that she uses them every day; mirrors, lamps, jardinières, sconces, table and glassware, so she particularly wanted to create sculptural works that not only have form, beauty and texture, but also, delicious purpose.

The lockdown of 2020 created an irrefusable opportunity for Laura to step out of her comfort zone and indulge a long-held desire to improve her glass casting techniques. After many years sculpting virtually with 3D modelling and animation software, it was also a perfect opportunity to be really hands on and sculpt with clay and wax to create the individual roses.

The Chorus, Principal and Diva decanters are masterfully blown by Elliot Walker from her sketches and topped with her cast rose 'hats'. The larger Divas have as many as a dozen blooms in their bouquets and are accompanied by a cast 'hat stand' which creates a stunning table centre when the decanter is in use.

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