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The Value of Skills…

April 26, 2013

Just sent some words to the CGS. Been asked to talk about the ‘value’ of skill and as ever I am in danger of becoming just a bit of a bore on the subject of it’s value to us as glass makers and its imperative role in the making of our work.

Good to reflect on the issue and remember the fact that the Arts Council, has to date, supported two studio events in support of skill… entitled ” Steal With your eyes”.

In 1998 Tobias Mohl and 2003 Janusz Pozniak came to Rosedale to demonstrate their skills (from the Venetian tradition) to an audience of British studio glass makers and students. Steal with your eyes, refers to the ‘old way’ of learning how to blow glass… when secrets and skills were protected… then the only way to learn was to watch and then practice.

Nowadays there are many opportunities to learn skills directly from makers from different making traditions, in one of the many centres of excellence in the USA and in the UK at Northlands Creative Glass.

Steal with your eyes… in this case by invitation  !

Hot Glass! New work from the furnace

April 17, 2013

Hot Glass! New work from the furnace

Opens April 19 2013
Contemporary Applied Arts
2 Percy Street
London W1T 1DD

World-class glass art comes to London this month for an exhibition focusing on new work from the furnace. Hot Glass takes place at the prestigious Contemporary Applied Arts (CAA) gallery from April 19 to May 25 and features 27 international artists showing both new work and pieces from ongoing series.

Artists selected for the show are: Paula Bartron, Lucy Alexandra Batt, Scott Benefield, Katharine Coleman, Rachel Mary Elliott, Gillies Jones, Graeme Hawes, Vicky Higginson, Catherine Hough, Jane Hunt, Elin Isaksson, Catherine Keenan, Choi Keeryong, Tyler Kimball, June Kingsbury, Peter Layton, Yaoquing Li, Charlie MacPherson, James Maskrey, Tanya Pak, Gilles Payette, Liam Reeves, Cathryn Shilling, Boris Shpeizman, Louis Thompson, Angela Thwaites and Gemma Truman.

Hot Glass: New Work from the Furnace is a collaboration between the Contemporary Glass Society and the CAA and is a part of the CGS’ Glass Skills programme – a year-long celebration of the imagination and talent of contemporary glassmakers and their role in keeping ancient skills alive.

Crafted Showcase

Back from London, the exhibition at Somerset House is beautiful and well curated by Brian Kennedy & Peter Ting, Vacheron Constantin have been incredibly generous in supporting this exhibition and the Crafted Programme, the opening speeches were excellent, it felt good to be in a room full of people who understood and appreciated what it is to be a maker … good to spend time with the makers of the Class of 2013 too….the catalogue is a beautiful keepsake… just a great event all round for all makers whatever the discipline… thank you to all concerned at Walpole,
It’s is well worth a visit to this small but perfectly formed exhibition if you are in London, it’s open until 6pm tomorrow …