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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.

Frans Wesselman

Boy with rebec

Stained Glass

Ref: 116618

43 x 27 x 9.5 cms


Frans Wesselman

Having trained as an art teacher in the Netherlands, Frans has worked as a painter and printmaker in Britain for many years. He is a member of the Royal Society of Painter-Printmakers as well as the Contemporary Glass Society.

Around the turn of the millennium, he visited Salisbury Cathedral where he saw the Prisoners of Conscience window and was inspired to take up stained glass.

Frans makes small stained-glass panels to hang in front of windows which are exhibited at galleries throughout the country. He has recently started making free standing objects by arranging several stained-glass panels in front of one another. He also makes limited edition etchings and wood cuts, as well as paintings. The subject matter of his work usually focusses on human interactions with each other, with animals, plants and day-to-day activities.

Boy with rebec was inspired by a sketch by Burne-Jones, a little study for a figure in a wall painting in Bexleyheath. Frans' version consists of two stained glass panels and an etched panel, mounted on a wooden plinth.

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