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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.

Cara Wassenberg

Arboreal Spirit (Pair)

Borosilicate glass & silicone

Ref: 116641

44 x 35 x 21 cms


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Cara Wassenberg

Cara creates visually simple sculptures using glass, copper and occasionally steel by combining multiple craft processes including casting, forging, welding and polishing. Her ideas come through the landscapes she has walked through, the water she has swum in and the organic forms she has touched.
There is something exquisite in how a cliff meets the sea or how a tree forms itself around an obstacle in its path and I feel echoes of this in the meeting of my materials, the sense of texture and weightiness in my hands.

She describes her making processes as a distillation of all this into shape and form through remembrance of her initial encounters.

In 2017, Cara completed her Master's degree in Metalwork at the University for the Creative Arts, Farnham. During her time at UCA she started to incorporate cast glass with forged steel and copper elements and she now creates work in which metal and glass meet and influence each other throughout the making process. Often, the finished piece contains both materials.

In 2019, she was awarded a two week residency working with internationally renowned glass artist Colin Reid. Arboreal Spirit is part of a body of work completing during the residency. The two tree forms were inspired by energy she saw and sensed in tree saplings that had grown and broken through their guards. The original forms were made using stoneware clay and impressed with grills forged and riveted together in the workshop. They were then cast using a pale yellow Borosilicate glass.

Once cast, the pieces were sandblasted and in some areas, polished. These newly acquired polishing techniques, learned during her residency, mark a significant point in the development of her practice. Breaking through the sandblasted glass surface, Cara is able to find reflected light and explore the vibrant inner life of the cast form.

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