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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.

Morag Reekie

Blue Mouse with Red Balloon

Cast Glass

Ref: 116637

33 x 15 x 16 cms

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Morag Reekie

Morag studied Sculpture at Sheffield Hallam University from 1998 to 2001, gaining a BA in Fine Art. In 2005, she began working with her father, David Reekie, who is a glass artist. In October 2015, she started to make her own cast glass work using the lost wax technique. She is an active member of the Contemporary Glass Society and exhibits her work nationally.

Morag creates her own unique forms using wax which give her the capability to sculpt with the details she requires. Casting them in glass using the lost wax technique makes the forms permanent with the addition of a vast range of colours, characteristics, and textures that glass provides. She likes to add found objects and other props to her work, transforming them into a piece of art, changing their purpose and giving them a new lease of life. She wants her sculptures to tell their own stories and she hopes to inspire thought in the meaning and to make people smile.

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