Glass that Lights the Imagination

Ode to Intuición Series, 2013 by Juli Bolaños-Durman Collection of Faceted Boxes, 2009-2013,fine bone china and glass by Andrea WalshSpectrum celebrates the imagination, skills and innovation of fourteen emerging and established glass artists.

The exhibition brings together new work coming out from Edinburgh College of Art with artists from the UK, Denmark, Norway, South Korea, Costa Rica and America.

Juli Bolanos-Durman studied Graphic Design at Veritas University in Costa Rica before taking an MA in glass at Edinburgh College of Art when she was mentored by renowned glass artists Keiko Mukaide, Heather Gillespie and Katharine Coleman. Since graduating in 2013 she has won a clutch of awards and was shortlisted for the Jerwood Makers Open 2014. She says “I want to create raw pieces that are put together intuitively through the joyfulness of play, explore the different materials to create new meaning and invite the audience to become part of the journey. This is how the Ode to Intuición Series of vessels came to life.”  (Photo top: Ode to Intuición Series, 2013. Vessels from left: Champagne twirl, Cacatúa, Mensaje in a bottle.  All pieces made from found, blown and engraved glass. Photo: Shannon Tofts)

Andrea Walsh, who has her studio in Edinburgh, studied fine art at Staffordshire University before completing an MA in glass design at Edinburgh College of Art in 2001. In 2009 she was awarded a residency with Wedgwood from the British Ceramics Biennial. During her time at the factory she developed her practice, combining glass and ceramics, and was inspired by the Minton brand archives that have helped inform her recent body of work. She explains “I am fascinated by materials, specifically by their physical characteristics and their symbolism. In working with ceramics and glass, I make container and vessel forms which investigate their shared properties of clarity, purity and translucency. Exploring the inherent familiarity and historical associations of these materials, pieces are sometimes composed in collections and groups.”  Her work is held in the collection of Victoria & Albert Museum, London. (Photo middle left: Collection of Faceted Boxes, 2009-2013, fine bone china and glass. Photo: Shannon Tofts)

Tora Urup, Bowl, 2012, blown and encased with over and underlay coloured glass layers, cut and polished,Tora Urup, who is based in Copenhagen, Denmark, spent time in Tokoname, Japan working with ceramics from 1982-83. This time inspired her to study ceramics and glass at the School of Decorative Art, Denmark and the Royal College of Art, London, graduating with an MA in 1994. She subsequently returned to Denmark to collaborate with Holmegaard glassworks and Royal Copenhagen porcelain. During the last ten years, Tora has had a particular interest in exploring the effects obtained within a series of circular glass bowls. The combination of selected colours in layers of glass interplaying with each other and the varying thicknesses of clear glass enables different spatial perceptions to be experienced which invert the conventional understanding of the traditional glass bowl. (Photo left: Bowl, 2012, blown and encased with over and underlay coloured glass layers, cut and polished)

The exhibition also includes work by Scott Benefield, Karen Browning, Katharine Coleman, Heather Gillespie, Choi Keeryong, Vidar Koksvik, Dante Marioni, James Maskrey, Lisa Pettibone, Michael Ruh and Angela Thwaites.

See & Buy: Spectrum
4 – 30 April 2014
The Scottish Gallery, 16 Dundas Street, EH3 6HZ
Open Mon-Fri 10am-6pm, Sat 10am-4pm

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