Approved: 23.09.2009

Tracy Nicholls

Artist, Maker

Approved: 23.09.2009

Intrigued by structures that whilst appearing fragile belie the strength they possess, inspiration is taken from both the natural and manmade worlds. Complex structures are created which offer a sense of depth and fragility; the delicate elusive lines weaving together into an absorbing sculptural form. The layers invite an interplay with light, forming shapes within shapes and casting shadows onto

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  • Location: London
  • Activities: Studio practice
  • Categories: Glass, Installation, Sculpture, Collaboration, Commission, Design, Exhibition, Practice-based research, Studio practice
 
 

Biography

Intrigued by structures that whilst appearing fragile belie the strength they possess, inspiration is taken from both the natural and manmade worlds. Complex structures are created which offer a sense of depth and fragility; the delicate elusive lines weaving together into an absorbing sculptural form. The layers invite an interplay with light, forming shapes within shapes and casting shadows onto surrounding surfaces, distorting and manipulating the view beyond; the work exuding an absorbing quality whilst inspiring a curiosity that draws the viewer in to examine the pieces more closely. These ideas are realised through kiln formed glass which has an inherent and seductive beauty. By exploiting this beauty alongside the tension that exists between the planned and the unexpected chemical reactions that can occur within the making process the work conveys a striking aesthetic and form which is often overlooked.

CV & Education

Awards

Apr 2014 – Finalist, Coburg Glaspreis

Aug 2010  -Highly Commended, British Glass Biennale

Sept 2008 -Best in Show, British Glass Biennale

Sept 2006 -Runner up, Worshipful Company of Glass, Student Award

 

Publications

Mould Making for Glass - Angela Thwaites. 2011

‘Objects of Desire' - Simon Bruntnell. Simon Bruntnell 2010

 

Selected Exhibition History

2016

‘The Heat is On’ The White House Cone Glass Museum, Stourbridge

‘Black to White and Back again’ The Gallery at London Glassblowing, London

 

2015

‘The Permanent’ Alliages, Lille, France

Bruntnell Astley, Kingswinford, W.Midlands

 

2014

Just Glass at Pitshanger Manor, Ealing, London

Coburg Glaspreis, Coburg, Germany

Art Glass Festival, Karlovy Vary, Czech Republic

International Glass Art Exhibition, Zwiesel, Germany

 

2013

5th International Glass Exhibition, Luxembourg

Just Glass at Orleans House, Twickenham

 

2012

British Glass Biennale, Stourbridge

International Glass Art Exhibition, Zwiesel, Germany

Glassfest 2012, 12th Festival of Art Glass, Karlovy Vary, Czech Republic

 

2011

Two person show with Geert Decloedt at Agnis Fine Art Gallery, Maastricht

‘Melt', The Gallery at London Glassblowing, London

4th International Glass Exhibition, Luxembourg

 

2010

British Glass Biennale, Stourbridge

‘Altered States', Waterside Art Centre, Sale, Manchester      

International Glass Art Exhibition, Zwiesel, Germany

Leon Salet ArteModa, Maastricht, The Netherlands

Affordable Art Fair, Battersea Pk (With Sarah Myerscough Fine Art)

 

2009

‘Glass Echoes 2', The Crypt, St Pancras, London

 

2008

British Glass Biennale, Stourbridge

 

Collections

Dan Klein Collection at the National Museum of Scotland

Marinha Grande Museum of Glass, Portugal

 

Education

2016 –Artist in Residence at Richmond School of Art, RACC, Surrey

2011 -Invited residency at Northlands Creative Glass, Scotland

2010 -Artist in Residence at UCA Farnham

2009 -UCA Farnham, MA Distinction, Contemporary Crafts - Glass

2007 -Richmond School of Art, HND, 3D Design - Glass

2006 -Richmond School of Art, HNC, 3D Design - Glass