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.
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.
The first quarter of 2011 has been taken up with commission work, mainly from last years Glass Biennale. Exhibitions begin in March. I’ll be taking part in two in Scotland at theStrathearn gallery in Crieff and the Green gallery near Stirling. The Broadfield House Glass Museum is showing a Wave as part of a sea theme exhibition, on until the autumn.
In May I was due to exhibit in Germany at the lovely Galerie Rosenhauer. Unfortunately it has had to be cancelled for the time being. Hopefully we can reschedule for a later date. In the same month another sea themed exhibition will be showing my work, Imagine Gallery in Long Melford which opens on the 22nd of May. I met the owner at last years Art in Action.