Their most recent projects, Panicum & Penumbra, are the result of two of the most important talents in British glass art coming together to combine their skill and creativity. With a shared fascination for the tension between chaos and order, fragility and strength, internal structure and external form, the creation of Panicum has provided an opportunity for them to crystallise these ideas through these large scale, elegant pieces that combine their strengths and common interests as artists and makers.
‘Our intrigue lies in how these intricate and fragile internal structures contradict the calm surface of the glass form that encapsulates this magical and energetic inner world.’ Borrowing from ancient Venetian glassmaking techniques and blending the molten glass with a ceramic based material called Smalto, they have developed a special hard white glass to achieve the very fine white strands of colour that inhabit the striking interior environment.
The pieces demand an intuitive, collaborative and performative approach to making, that not only results in an impressively dramatic spectacle, but ultimately in bold beautiful sculptures ‘that embody our passion for this material with integrity and freshness.’ Real magic occurs when the two artists perfectly execute the seemingly impossible task of placing the strands within the hot glass form; an action-packed process of astounding complexity and skill.
Above image: Hanne Enemark & Louis Thompson, Penumbra (group), Blown glass with glass cane inclusions.
Left to Right: Penumbra (Chartreuse and White), H32 x W41 x D20 cm (12.5 in x 16.1 in x 7.8in)
Penumbra (Salmon and White), H55 x W25 x D15 cm (21.6 in x 9.8 in x 5.9 in)
Penumbra (Light Turquoise and White), H31 x W38 x D20 cm (12.2 in x 14.9 in x 7.8 in)
Penumbra (Silver Grey and White), H49 x W27 x D15 cm (19.2 in x 10.6 in x 5.9 in)
Each: GBP: £3500 / USD: $5382 / EUR: €4890
Above: Hanne Enemark & Louis Thompson, Panicum (Aquamarine), Blown glass with glass cane inclusions
Dimensions (approximate): 50 cm H x 26 cm W x 20 cm D (19.6 in H x 10.2 in W x 7.87 in D)
GBP: £3250 / USD: $4997 / EUR: €4541
Watch the video above for an insight into Panicum.