After a year of working mainly on commissions, staying in the studio, trying out some new ideas and keeping well away from demonstrations and exhibition openings, 2014 begins with it few changes.
Spring brings a few exhibitions at home and abroad. Firstly to Belgium, the glass museum Glazenhuis are holding an exhibition on UK contemporary art glass from the 6th April – 14th September featuring established and some up and coming UK glass artists and they have kindly asked me to take part. http://www.hetglazenhuis.be/
Much nearer home, I rarely show my work locally I’m sorry to say but there is nowhere more local for me than Duns Castle . Borders Art at Duns Castle will be on for 3 weeks at the beginning of May. I’m looking forward to getting a look inside. I knew there were some well known artists in the area and it will be nice to get a chance to finally meet some of them.
June 2014 I will be revisiting two Scottish galleries I have exhibited at before but not for a while. At the Castle Gallery Inverness I will hope to show some new works in a joint show with printmaker Veta Gorner. At the end of the month I will be showing at the Roger Billcliffe Gallery in Glasgow as part of their Summer collection. I’m happy to be back at both Scottish galleries.
However the biggest change this year is a move of studio, yikes! more to follow!…..
Estonian glass artist Kati Kretsna has just sent to me the catalogue from the exhibition
celebrating 75 years of Estonian glass art. Here is the cover. Scottish/Estonian alliance!
The pictures of the exhibition look amazing. she sent two but here is a link to an item on the Nation news (in Estonian) that shows more.
Perhaps the most important contemporary glass exhibition in the UK has just finished.
Held every two years the Glass Biennale is a chance for the public to see what the glass artists of Britain are up to. Sadly I couldn’t make the opening but I am delighted to find I have been given joint first place for the ‘Peoples Prize’
Over the course of the exhibition visitors were given the opportunity to vote for a work they liked best at the show. Matt Hayes and myself were equally given the most votes. Louis Thompson won ‘Best in Show’. A talented glass maker I got the chance to meet Louis and work with him at the London Glassblowing Studio demo I took part in for ‘Winners’ in May. He is one to watch.
For more details on these and the other Biennale awards see here.
Spring brings the start for me of the exhibition season this year. Two European glass festivals I will be showing at and some exciting UK shows too.
May sees the begining with an invite to a show at a glass exhibition in Estonia at the Museum of New Art in Parnu. This is organised by artist Kati Kerstna to celebrate 75 years of Estonian glass Art. I’d love to go but only the work goes this time.
Also overseas I’ll be showing at ‘Glassfest 2012′ in the Czech Republic between June 30th and August 31st at the Minea Gallery in Karlovy Vary.
UK shows start also in May with ‘Winners’ an exhibition of three glass artists who have won recent awards. It’s being held at Peter Laytons ‘London Glassblowing ‘ gallery and I will be travelling down to demonstrate my work (hopefully a Wave) on the 25th of May. I’ll also be showing work at an exhibition celebrating it’s 30th at Pyramid Gallery in York around the same time.
Summer brings my third visit to Waterperry House and Art in Action. I thought they might have had enough of me by now but it’s always interesting and good fun too so delighted to go again. If you miss ‘Winners’ all three of us will be there demonstrating to the public. Also American artist Scott Benefield who I met last year at Luxenbourg. Excited to see him work.
I’m pleased to say I was accepted into the 2012 Glass Biennale. This time with two works and I plan to go in person this time!. It opens on the 24th August.
So that is about it, plenty on. More info as it comes.
I have just returned and would have to say it was quite an experience with some stunning glass on show. Photographs and comments to follow soon.
Another enjoyable event at Waterperry House this year. After coming first last year in the ‘Best of the best’ exhibition, I was great to be given the 2nd prize this year. Even better it was a fellow glass demonstrator Liam who won first place. With two first places and a second prize in the last two events, the glass demonstrators have done well recently considering in the over 20 year old history of the event glass had never won it before. A huge feather in he cap for Steven Prendigast and his team who organise the glass show.
Less successful were my own demonstrations. This year partly through problems with the kiln and my own stupidity most of the pieces cracked. I decided to demonstrate some other forms rather than just Waves as I mentioned in the post below. Other than the ‘Frog’ piece they were pretty disasterous. However it gave those viewing a taste of what often happens for real.
I also enjoyed putting faces on a few previous customers who came to the event. It is always good to meet owners of your work in person and some at least saw the process of how my work is made.