16 Nov 2013

SOFA Chicago 2013 Finished Work

A new body of work I've been making over the summer at the National Glass Centre and North Lands Creative Glass.

This series of work exhibited at SOFA Chicago November 2013 is a culmination of research work from a residency at North Lands Creative Glass in Lybster in 2011. Intended as an opportunity to think about architecture and kiln formed glass we studied 3 abandoned (but owned) buildings around Lybster, Caithness.
I was particularly taken with Achnacraig, a croft house on the coast looking out to see across Lybster Harbour, and the stories told to us about the property from the locals.
I wanted to create glass pieces that were part of the architecture, objects given a role, and in the case of Achnacraig, creating beacons to guide the lost back home (inspired by the swallows nests inside the house and how they return year on year to feed and breed).

This piece 'Listening on all frequencies' turned out to be my trickiest piece yet; even getting it out of the kiln once slumped was pretty hard. The coldworking was certainly challenging due to its size but also as the rim shape was not flat but probably one of my favourite pieces to date.






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