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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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Nancy became a glass engraver after a career as a scientific and medical illustrator. She has come full circle as her subject matter today is informed by that of her early training. She is fascinated by natural forms and uses them as a starting point for most of her work.
Her principal tools are a handheld drill and an engraving lathe. She uses a combination of diamond and soft stone wheels each with their own specific qualities and uses this repertoire of marks to engrave into the surface of the glass.
After several years of experimentation, the addition of gold leaf has become characteristic of her current work. She uses both water and oil gilding techniques to give mirror and matt effects both in and around her engravings.
This 3D optical glass sculpture is a bit of a puzzle. From certain viewpoints it is clear and simple, an understandable object. But as you move around, it becomes complex and confusing, things are not what they seem or where they should be. The engraved gold leaf trapped inside bounces through the piece and lands on places where it isn't. Life is strange.