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
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
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
CV & Education
2002 - Etienne Van Den Doel, The Hague, Holland
2001 - Galerie B, Sinzheim / Baden-Baden, Germany
2000 - Maurine Littleton Gallery, Washington D.C. USA
2000 - Museo municipal de arte en vidro de alcorcon, Madrid, Spain
1996 - Compositions Gallery, San Francisco
1996 - Galerie L, Hamburg, Germany
1995 - Maurine Littleton Gallery, Washington DC
1994 - Contemporary Art Niki, Tokyo
1993 - Miller Gallery, New York
1992 - Earth, Fire, Light, Auckland Museum, Touring
1991 - Kurland/Summers Gallery, Los Angeles
2003 - Bombay Sapphire Award, UK
2002 - International invitational, Habitat galleries, Michigan, USA
2001 - International exhibition of Glass, Kanazawa, Japan
2001 - New Series, Galerie International du Verre, Biot, France
2000 - European glass sculpture triennial, Liege, Belgium
1999 - Scale, Contemporary Applied Art, London
1999 - Verriales 99, Mixed Media, Galerie International Du Verre, Biot, France
1998 - British Contemporary Glass, National Glass Centre, Sunderland
1998 - International Exhibition of Glass, Kanazawa, Japan
1996 - British Studio Glass, Prague, Touring
1996 - Venezia Aperto Vetro, Venice
1994 - World Glass Now '94, Hokkaido Museum, Japan