Next Exhibition

20th September - 28th October

Works of art in glass by both distinguished artists and newcomers. This year the exhibition theme is how science and glass making can become interdisciplinary.

The highly successful annual glass exhibition is now in its thirteenth year and this time will be focused on the interaction between glass and science. It will show how scientific principles, either physical or chemical, can be exploited in the making process – or how science can directly influence the production, or be the subject of the artwork.

Inspired by medical science a series of pieces show the reimagining of what an organic cell is, and how the act of making something that seems familiar show just how alien it may actually appear. There are a number of hereditary diseases that affect the shape of our red blood cells. Four linked pieces by another artist represent these morphologies, responding also to some of the impacts of these diseases. New techniques for integrating the graphic impact of medical scans with the material and optical qualities of glass were developed when an artist became fascinated by how making, particularly in glass, can crystallise and communicate powerful ideas.

The science laboratory has inspired one of the regular exhibitors at Glasshaus to apply fanciful glass decoration to syringes. Another artist exhibits his version of retorts.

The work of two other artists relates the extreme forces of black holes in the universe. Another has made a wall piece based on the radar system used to ensure the safe running of the aeroplanes around the world.

Several artists have been involved in the science of glass making to create their art. For instance the reactions that occur when metals such as copper and steel are exposed to increased temperatures and molten soda glass. The exposure to such high temperatures changes both metals from the familiar to the unrecognisable. A technique called Boiling Glass incorporates air pockets in the glass construction and when the fusing temperature is increased, a physical reaction takes place within the glass where the air rises to the surface, dragging the colours of the piece with it. The research for a PhD by one artist was the application of digital design and 3D printing for glass casting, for another the study of colour in glass.

Science is a vast subject, but glass making can encompass a large array of techniques and results too, also showing imagination and innovation. Many can be seen in this exhibition which is interesting as well as enjoyable.

Heike Brachlow
Sarah Brown
Amanda Charles
Teresa Chlapowski
Joseph Harrington
Stewart Hearn
Max Jacquard
Shelley James
Angela Jarman
Kate Jeffery
Kira K'inan
James Lethbridge
Jon Lewis
Julie Light
Charlotte McClelland
Karen Murphy
Lisa Pettibone
Jade Pinnell
Liam Reeves
Angela Thwaites
Kate Williams