The Castle gallery in Inverness was one of the first galleries in Scotland to support my work, holding exhibitions of my glass. Denise and her team still do a great job showing local talent and artists further afield. I was therefore delighted to take part in this show about making waves, featuring the paintings of Vernon Jones and my own glass sculptures. I made 9 pieces in total for this show and feel rather pleased with the results, if my sore back rather disagrees.
What struck me the most as the show was set up, was how the colours Vernon and I used matched so well at times. Perhaps not a surprise if blues and greens but both of us use quite a broad palate of colours, which in a few examples were uncannily similar. Vernon insisted he had been channeling them to me!…perhaps so, you can decide for yourself as seen below.
2017 was a year mainly of commissions from as far afield as Hawaii, South Africa and Australia. In contrast 2018 begins much nearer to home with work in several UK exhibitions, some very local.
Strathearn gallery has a new piece for their opening show this year, as does The Biscuit Factory in Newcastle. The Green Gallery likewise for their 25th anniversary….congrats! The Borders Art Fair along the road in Kelso in March, Pyramid in York in May and the same month Peter Laytons gallery hosts ‘Blowing hot and cold’ @ London Glassblowing.
Potential for some exhibitions further afield later in the year. Watch this space!.
This year begins as the previous ended, with my working on commissions.
However along with showing work these first few months of 2016 in Scotland, in an exciting opportunity through Gallery Ten a really great glass gallery in Chicago, Echt Gallery will be showing my work in the USA really for the first time, there and in Palm Beach Florida. (wish I was there too!).
Having spent almost a year blowing my glass blanks for cutting at the National Glass Centre in Sunderland, successful though it has been I have come to realise even their facilities will not allow me to extend the scale of my work to where I would like it to go.
I will be taking part in Collect at the Saatchi Gallery, London in May. To find out more about the show click here.
Paul Musgrove of Gallery Ten has gotten together a great group of artists to show their work at the show, specialising in glass but other mediums too. You can visit the list to see who on the Gallery’s site here.
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/
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’
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.
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.