Laura McKinley (above) explores sensuous form by hot-joining two separately blown bubbles of different colours. Once cold, the fluidity of these objects is interrupted by cutting, to expose voids, which allow the viewer to experience at once both the internal and external shapes and spaces of the piece. The varying thickness of the glass and its polished angled surfaces create ever-changing effects of light and shadow, a characteristic that is exploited to create an environment of illusion.
Above Image: Laura McKinley, Coalescence Pair, 2015. Free blown glass, hot-fused, cut and polished. Photo: Ester Segarra
Laura McKinley, Symbiosis, 2014. Free blown glass, hot-fused, cut and polished. Photo: Ester Segarra
Watch the video above for an insight into Laura McKinley's working practice.
Harry Morgan’s studio practice also explores differing states of materiality, the mutability of materials and their combination and juxtaposition. His ‘Shapeless’ project has evolved around the curious behaviour of glass, a material which has no distinct point of transition from liquid to solid and vice versa. It can therefore be considered to be both at the same time. The title refers to glass metaphorically as matter that exists in flux between two states. Also a Series entitled 'Entropy' explores the perceived physicality of the material, its amorphous composition and how its linear structures can demarcate space without necessarily occupying it with solid material.
Harry Morgan, 'Entropy Study 3', 2014. Concrete & Glass, 40 x 20 x 20 cm, 22kg. Photograph: Simon Bruntnell.
Harry Morgan, Amalgamate Study II, 2014, Glass & Pewter. Photograph: Simon Bruntnell
Following a successful career in the music and audio-visual industries, Daniel Bowran discovered glass. Since his move from Melbourne to London in the year 2000, he has dedicated his time and energy to investigating how to express the complex ephemeral nature of sound and light in glass. His work for this Exhibition includes You Liberated The One I Never Rated.
Dan Bowran, You Liberated The One I Never Rated, 2014. Photo: Dominic Tschudin
Dan Bowran, There's no other way, 2014. Free blown glass with kilnformed hot glass components. Photo: Ester Segarra.
Elliot Walker, a psychology graduate and glassmaker extraordinaire, observed that ‘glass is the new rock and roll medium of the art world’. His own figurative work, manipulated and formed in hot glass becomes ever more surreal in shape and content.
Elliot Walker, Still Life With Fish, 2015. Free blown glass and hot sculpted glass, cut and polished. Photo: Simon Bruntnell
Elliot Walker, Still Life With Lime, 2015. Free blown and hot sculpted glass, cut and polished. Photo: Simon Bruntnell
Watch the video above for an insight into Elliot Walker's working practice.
Tim Rawlinson plays with the illusory optical and kinetic properties of light and colour, and their transmission and reflection in asymmetric forms. His Echoes of Light pieces intrigue and confound through abstract and perceptual colour shifts. The cut and polished surfaces question our cognitive powers - is this a solid object or not?
Tim Rawlinson, Echoes of Light, 2015. Free blown glass, cut and polished. Photo: Ester Segarra
Tim Rawlinson, Echoes of Light, 2014. Free blown glass, cut and polished. Photo: Ester Segarra
Watch the video above for an insight into Tim Rawlinson's working practice.