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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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Amelia Burke gained her degree in Three-Dimensional Design BA(Hons) specialising in hot glass from Manchester Metropolitan University. With the goal of widening her skill set, after finishing university, Amelia travelled to several glass studios volunteering her time including working with Charlie Macpherson at Notarianni Glass. Amelia then moved on to working at The World of Glass in St Helens and Amelia now works as part of E&M Glass, a family run hot glass studio based on the Welsh border, making her own creations with her husband as well as studio glassware.
Amelia's work explores tiny close-up details of the natural world, such as butterfly wings and fern fronds and reinterpreting them using hot glass to produce glass art. Patience is integral to her method. The detail she aims to create in her work is time consuming but necessary to the process.
Amelia studies all aspects of a subject whether it fauna or stunning creatures. Her work is an ongoing conversation between subject and glass. The glass behaviour reflects through the design/making process. She studies her subjects, from form down to cellular details, reinterpreting the elements using hot glass to create intricate art.
Amelia starts the process of making her wall art by gathering molten clear glass from her furnace and coating layers of coloured glass in between each gather of clear glass. After enough layers have been formed, she then pulls the hot glass across the studio creating cane. When the cane has cooled, they are cut into small cross-sections which then form murrine. Amelia must repeat these processes numerous times to have sufficient components for the piece. Once the components are complete, she will stand each individual tiny murrine on to her kiln shelf. This is where the most patience is necessary. One little knock and they can all fall like dominoes. The composition is then fused in the kiln. Now, back to room temperature, the plate is expertly mounted to set forward the fused plate, allowing light to reflect and refract the patterns.