Concepts My work is inspired by forms and textures found in nature. More recently I have been exploring architectural materials which have been worked by human hands in the past, but which are eroding, weathering and returning to nature. These are reborn as new works in glass. Key changes include the use of optical glass for casting, giving superb clarity and enabling me to work with the internal volumes of the piece. As well as works for exhibition I have developed large-scale kiln casting for site-specific works, such as 8216; Bamboo Scroll 8217, a major commission in cast glass and steel for Shanghai Public Library.Influences Nature, geology, landscape, rocks, wood, objet trouvé, cultural, artistic, ancient civilizations and artefacts.Career path Education and qualifications: 1978-1981 BA (1st Class Hons) Stourbridge School of Art, Stourbridge, UK 1975-1977 Trained and worked in industry as Scientific Glassblower (Lampwork) 1970-1972 Foundation Course, St. Martin's School of Art, London Work experience: 1981-2004 Glass Studio in Stroud, UK 1999-2002 Visiting Professor, University of Wolverhampton 1998-2002 Visiting Lecturer, Glass & Keramikskolen Pa Bornholm, Denmark 1990-1991 Artist in Residence, Carrington Polytechnic, Auckland, New Zealand Work in over 30 Public Collections including: Victoria & Albert Museum, London. Corning Museum of Glass, New York. Los Angeles County Museum, Los Angeles, USA. Kunstmuseum der Stadt Dusseldorf, W. Germany. Tokyo National Museum of Modern Art, Japan. Craft Council Collection, London. Auckland Museum & Institute, Auckland, New Zealand. National Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh. Museum of Decorative Arts, Prague, Czech Republic Stiftung Preußischer Kulturbesitz, Kunstgewerbemuseum,Berlin Musee des Artes Decoratifs, Montreal, Quebec Commissions include: 1997 Sculpture in cast optical glass and wood for reception area, Cutlers Gardens Estate, London, H:250cm, client - Standard Life. 1997 Four sculptures in cast glass on Indian theme for cruise liner, H:150cm, client - Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines. 1999 Bamboo Scroll; cast glass and steel, H:350cm. Shanghai Library, China 2000 River Rocks; cast glass; three sections, each W:60 D:50 H:35 cm, River Lune Millennium Park, Lancaster 2004 Cipher Stone, landmark artwork for UK Government Agency read full statement

Location Stroud, South West
Website http://www.colinreidglass.co.uk