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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.
Murrini based free blown glass
30 x 22 x 22 cms
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The transparency and movement of hot glass captures a snapshot of life in a way few materials can. Roberta's journey into art has come via science and technology and she holds an MA in Ceramics and Glass from the Royal College of Art in London. She has work in private collections in the US, UK, Europe, Australia, and China and has exhibited internationally.
Roberta's work is inspired by her underwater experiences, the language of bubbles and the amazing world of strange and wonderful marine creatures. She wants to share this passion through her work and hopes that, in the words of Rachel Carson, The more clearly we can focus our attention on the wonders and realities of the universe about us, the less taste we shall have for destruction. The creation of her work uses traditional glass techniques, in non- traditional ways, to make unique, sculptural pieces and installations.
Roberta is a believer in the fundamental interconnectedness of all things as coined by Douglas Adams, seeing it as a humorous truth in a world where global urbanisation has moved many of us away from our deep connections with nature and has become a way to initiate conversations of reconnection to the wonders of nature.
Porifera are weirdly beautiful animals that are found from the shallows to the abyss, gracing us with their beautiful forms and colours while playing a vital role in sustaining ocean ecosystems. This series of work is a celebration of them and has been made using murrini and then free blown to create the undulating form.