Young Masters - Rising Stars of Studio Glass


Young Masters 06.02.15 - 28.02.15

"Our current exhibition shows the work of five young artists who, having discovered glass, are all currently dedicating their working lives to exploring the versatility of this extraordinary material - each in his or her own way. They are all immersed in researching and discovering the aesthetic qualities that best express their ideas and each of them is a highly ambitious, driven and dedicated student of the medium.

As you may well know, studio glass is a medium facing ever increasing challenges - especially in the West - in terms of the huge costs involved and the many years required to gain the knowledge and skill-set required to be the very best. Now is the time, more than ever before, for the next generation of glassmakers to be nurtured and encouraged to meet these challenges head on in exciting and innovative ways, for soon they themselves will be the grand masters and teachers of future generations.

Marcel Duchamps led the way by creating his huge installation ‘The Bride Stripped Bare by Her Bachelors, Even’ between 1915-23, but it has taken almost a century for artists as diverse as Jaume Plensa, Olaf Elliason, Thomas Schutte, Tony Cragg and several of the YBAs (Hirst, Emin, Parker, Turk) to realise the potential of glass and to use it as an expressive sculptural element in their work.   
I am very proud to be hosting this exhibition of these five emerging talents who have so much in common: their enormous dedication and focus, their intensive visual research and their sculptural and expressive intent.  Their astounding results are both thoughtful and thought-provoking."

- Peter Layton


Artist Profiles 

Laura McKinley 

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

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 

Daniel Bowran

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

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

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.   



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