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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.

Lisa Pettibone

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Lisa Pettibone

With an interest in astronomy and physics, Lisa Pettibone's practice investigates the cosmos in terms of energy, forces and form as filtered through human perception. She creates sculpture, installation and print to explore areas where humans and nature intersect through the lens of science. Using a variety of materials, including glass, she records spontaneous phenomena, such as the pull of gravity, evoking sensory experiences that aim to connect people to their environment. Processes often incorporate periods of research into scientific concepts, collaboration or site-specific work.

She has an MA in Art and Science from Central Saint Martins, London and was artist-in-residence at Mullard Space Science Laboratory (UCL) funded by Arts Council England from September 2018-2019. In February 2022 her work will be sent to the International Space Station as part of the Moon Gallery ISS Test Mission.

Working from her studio in Surrey, Lisa develops work for exhibition, takes commissions and teaches advanced glass-making courses several times a year. As an advocate of interdisciplinary practice, she has organised and participated in art/science events at institutions including CERN in Geneva, European Space Agency NL, University College London and Central Saint Martins, London. She is currently on the Moon Village Association UK Committee contributing to the Cultural Considerations working group. Part of the Lumen Studios collective, she is also a member of arts organisation ArtCan and a member of the Royal Society of Sculptors UK.

Originally from California with a background in graphic design, she has a BA(Hons) 3D Design in Glass from University for the Creative Arts, Farnham UK in 2005. Her work is held in private collections and exhibited internationally. She was selected for The Aesthetica Art Prize 2013 and appeared in the Corning Museum of Glass (New York) publication New Glass Review 35. In 2012-13 she completed two commissions for the National Trust - Lacock Abbey, Wiltshire and The Vyne near Basingstoke. In 2015 and 2018 her work was included in the prestigious Discerning Eye Exhibition, London and in 2017 she won the National Open Art Prize Installation Category. In 2019 she was invited to show her glass and fabric installation Cosmic Landscape at the European Cultural Centre in Venice.

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