Approved: 16.08.2006

Catrin Jones

Approved: 16.08.2006

Concepts
As an architectural glass artist I find that most of my commissions are for buildings. Progress in architecture can be very slow - sometimes years elapse between a project's inception and realisation. Being an artist in architecture is also a very collaborative process. From the design, through the manufacturing stage to installation, every aspect of a commission will be considered

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  • Location: Swansea, Wales
 

Biography

Concepts As an architectural glass artist I find that most of my commissions are for buildings. Progress in architecture can be very slow - sometimes years elapse between a project's inception and realisation. Being an artist in architecture is also a very collaborative process. From the design, through the manufacturing stage to installation, every aspect of a commission will be considered carefully in relation to its objectives. Each design is unique and will be informed by, amongst other things, the ethos of the clients, the available budget, the location, function and aspect of the building, together with input from the staff and users. Most of my designs are descriptive in that the imagery usually relates somehow to the provenance, history or function of the building. Whilst my work should be accessible, the visual language should not be compromised by being literal or obvious. The work should be both meaningful and a visual challenge. Influences I often design using collage, because the results are always surprising. Source material varies from archive photographs, my own collage material or pages from magazines. I like to play around with scale, taking small objects that we might take for granted and turning them into much larger, totemic images. Before designing for a commission, I usually research strong visual images appropriate to the brief. I like images to evoke other ideas and feelings so that, if you want to investigate the design, further meanings evolve if you look for them. I think this layering of meaning underpins the work and gives it integrity. For example, I've used images of leaves in a number of commissions, recently. These can be interpreted as simple imagery, but their symbolism can also connote many other ideas about religion, the environment, nature, pharmacology, health, the family, longevity, etc. Career path I studied Architectural Stained Glass at Swansea Institute of Higher Education and graduated, with distinction, in 1982. After leaving college I, together with four other ex-students, set up the co-operative Glasslight Studios. I spent five years with Glasslight, but became increasingly dispirited by the economic necessity of accepting whatever work was presented, and I left to pursue an individual career in 1987. At first, there were long gaps between commissions but, over time, these gaps have lessened and now, at any one time, I have a number of commissions in various stages of progress. I teach occasionally, when invited, at art colleges, but otherwise work full-time as an artist. I rent a small studio and employ both my husband and my brother part-time when required. I have personal experience of the financial insecurity of becoming an artist: after 20 years of practice, I still earn less than the average newly qualified graduate.

CV & Education

Group exhibitions 2001 - Derix Studios Exhibition, Pfarrkirchen, Germany 2000 - In Search of the Light of the World, The Glass Art Gallery, London SE1, and The Sarum, Salisbury touring exhibition for Glasmalerie Peters of Paderborn, Germany 2000 - International Women's Contemporary Stained Glass, Foothills Art Center, Golden, Colorado 1999 - Glass: The Laboratory of the Spirit, Oriel, Ruthin Craft Centre (catalogue) 1998 - The wind that blows me is called light, Glynn Vivian Art Gallery, Swansea 1997 - Traces of Travel, Women's 5th International Stained Glass Workshop, Crawford Municipal Art Gallery, Cork, Ireland and The Glass Art Gallery, London SE1 1993 - The Glass Canvas, Society of Arts and Crafts, Boston, USA 1993 - Wales Tales, Kreativzentrum, Baden, Austria 1989 - Stefnumót á íslandi, Nordic House, Reykjavik, Iceland 1988 - 36 Fraüen aus 12 Landern, Germany and France 1983 - Young Blood, Barbican Centre, London Private commissions 2007 - Helen Rafferty Memorial Window, St Clement's Church, Chorlton-cum-Hardy, Manchester Public commissions 2008 - Entrance Glazing & Reception Area Screens, New Downe Hospital, Downpatrick, Northern Ireland 2007 - Reception Area Screens, Children's Hospital, Sheffield 2006 - 21 Illuminated Corridor Panels & Reception Area Screen, St Nicholas Primary School, Rayleigh, Essex 2006 - Atrium Screen, St Thomas Community School, Swansea, South Wales 2006 - Entrance, Foyer & Office Windows, Rural Development Centre, Llanrwst, Conwy, North Wales 2005 - Balustrading & Sexual Health Clinic Screen, Hertford Community Hospital, Hertford 2005 - Three Reception Screens, Infinity Homes, Orchard Place, Southampton 2004 - Ground Floor Windows, "Galeri" Creative Industries Centre, Caernarfon, North Wales 2004 - Illuminated Lift Glazing, Dance Studio Screen, Entrance Lobby Floor Tiles, Riverfront Theatre, City of Newport, South Wales 2003 - Link Corridor Screen, Comberton Village College, Cambridgeshire 2003 - Reception Area Screen, Oncology Unit & Women's Clinic, Maelor Hospital, Wrexham, North Wales 2003 - Two Oak Leaf Entrance Screens, Emerson's Green Public Library, Gloucestershire 2003 - Vaulted West Window, Central Market, City of Newport, South Wales