Approved: 16.08.2006

Helen Slater

Artist, Maker, Lecturer / academic, Researcher

Approved: 16.08.2006

Concepts The main themes of my work are figurative, particularly with reference to the environment, whether that is our own Home surroundings, Public Space, or our impact on the environments we encounter. I am particularly interested in our relationship with environments. This maybe memories and emotional associations to the places, objects and spaces around us or the impact we have on these places.

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  • Location: Oxfordshire, East Midlands
  • Activities: Higher education, Adult education, Lecturing, Practice-based research, Workshops, Public art, Studio practice
  • Categories: Education project, Drawing, Glass, Public Art, Sculpture
  • Tags: Cast glass, sculpture, Lost Wax Glass Casting, Kilnformed Glass, Glass Artist, Glass Sculpture, Outdoor Glass Sculpture, Glass Casting, Glass Drawing, Landscapes
 

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    Biography

    Concepts The main themes of my work are figurative, particularly with reference to the environment, whether that is our own Home surroundings, Public Space, or our impact on the environments we encounter. I am particularly interested in our relationship with environments. This maybe memories and emotional associations to the places, objects and spaces around us or the impact we have on these places. Each one-off piece of glass is hand modelled; cast and polished giving each pieces a precious quiet elegance. Drawings and images from life are translated into glass sheets, floated in blocks of liquid glass or hand enamelled, suggesting the feeling that they have been captured for posterity, giving them an airy ethereal quality, a feeling of preservation. Influences Ancient Greek sculpture. Artists: Edwardo Paolozzi, Rodin, Mary Van Kline Career path Education: 1996 MA Glass and Ceramics, Royal College of Art, London 1994 BA (Hons) Glass and Ceramics, Sunderland University Working Practice 2000-present Part-time Lecturer, North Oxfordshire School of Art 2001 Public Reporting and Accountability Award, commissioned by CIPFA and Price Waterhouse Coopers 2000 Public Servant of the Year Awards, commissioned by CIPFA, Cabinet Office and Public Finance Magazine 1998 Community based project workshops, London 1997/98 Studio Assistant, Rebecca Newnham Glass Mosaic 1996 Part-time Lecturer, Middlesex University

    CV & Education

    Education

    B.A (Hons)- Sunderland University: Glass & Ceramics

    M.A The Royal College of Art: Ceramics & Glass

    In process of completing an MPhil/PhD, by practice at The Royal College of Art

     

    Group exhibitions

    2005 - Sculptors Drawing, Burghley House Sculpture Garden, Burghley House, Stamford

    2004 - Winter Collection, Cowdy Gallery, Newent

    2001 - Selected Artists, Rowe & Mooe Associates, London

    1999 - Stroud Open, The Stroud House Gallery, Stroud

    1998 - Hamburg Arts Fair, Selected Galleries, Hanover, Germany

    1997 - Contemporary Art, Lillya Contemporary Arts Gallery, Holland

    1997 - New Beginings, Gallery 'L', Hamburg, Germany

    1996 - New Glass, Himley Hall, Dudley

    1996 - Venice Aperto Vetro, The Venician Gallery, Myrando, Venice, Italy

    Public commissions & Art Projects 

    2008 - Churchill Hospital Courtyard Sculpture, Churchill Hospital, Oxford Corporate commissions

    2007 - Saint Gobain Glass Sculpture, Saint Gobain Glass, Eggborough, North Yorkshire Educational experience - secondary

    2005 - Fused Glass Workshop, Newent Secondary School, Newent, Gloucester

    2004 - Drawing Workshops, Selby High School for the Arts, Selby, Yorkshire