With a fascination with lettering and words, it seems everything I make has this link running through in one way or another. Drawing people in, their use can provide an added plot and intrigue. Combining ceramics and textiles I experiment with surface decoration and texture, playing with porcelain’s capabilities and natural beauty.
After graduating from Sunderland University in 2010 with a BA Hons in Glass and Ceramics I was awarded a 12 month scholarship with Creative Cohesion, supported by Sunderland City Council. This provided a fantastic opportunity to continue being creative and find my way with clay. In May 2011 I was flattered to be elected a Director of Creative Cohesion; and through this community I have been able to develop my practice and not feel completely lost! I am still based at Creative Cohesion, where I now run my business from, playing with clay in my little studio creating things to make you smile and brighten up the everyday. All my pieces are created to include discreet design detail and are finished to the highest standard.
The past year has been fantastic for my ceramics, I have been able to learn more about the style of work I create and grow my skills and knowledge. Helped with increased exposure through publications and a runner up of the Young Artist of the Year 2011 award my confidence has grown and I am very excited to see what 2013 brings.
Michael Janis developed a focus on kiln-glass after working for twenty years as an architect in the United States and Australia. Now Co-director of the Washington Glass School, Michael has taught at the Penland School of Crafts, California’s Bay Area Glass Institute, and The Glass Furnace (Istanbul, Turkey). His work has been shown at major galleries and art fairs and is included in the permanent collection of the Art Institute of Chicago. In 2011, Michael mounted a solo exhibition at the Fuller Craft Museum (Massachusetts). His work was featured in Corning Museum of Glass publication ‘New Glass Review’, and he was named a “Rising Star” by the Creative Glass Center of America. In 2012, awarded a Fulbright Scholarship, Michael went to the UK’s University of Sunderland and National Glass Centre. He was an Artist-in-Residence at the Institute for International Glass Research (IIRG).
“Touching With A Lighter Hand”, fused glass, glass powder imagery, steel, 37”H x 19”W x 2”D, 2010
“Observation of Signals” fused glass, glass powder imagery, steel, 12”H x 12”W x 1.5”D, 2012
“Seeking Clarity” fused glass, glass powder imagery, steel, 12”H x 12”W x 1.5”D, 2012
“Concurrent Events” fused glass, glass powder imagery, steel, 12”H x 12”W x 1.5”D, 2012
Sean Hennessey is a mixed and multi media artists based in Washington, DC. Working in glass, concrete, steel, light and video, Sean creates imaginative wall relief works inspired by architectural sculpture and drawing narrative content from philosophical, mythological, historical and personal interpretations. Sean has received fellowships with the city of the District of Columbia, an award of Craft Excellence from the James Renwick Alliance, and is in the collection of the US State Department Art in Embassies Program. His work has been seen on the Discovery Channel, National Geographic, HGTV, The Kennedy Center and at Aqua Art Miami. Sean is currently a Resident Artist at the Washington Glass School.
Ani Kasten has been working in the ceramic medium since 2000, beginning with an apprenticeship with British ceramist Rupert Spira. After a year in England, Ani traveled to Kathmandu, Nepal where she spent four years as head of a project for developing stoneware technology for a community of artisan potters in the village of Thimi. Her training in England and the exotic working environment in Nepal have infused Ani’s sculptural vessels with a combined aesthetic, drawing on minimalist British studio ceramics, as well as ancient, weathered, hand-made objects born from traditional cultures throughout Asia. After leaving Nepal, Ani began working in Oakland, California where the fresh natural beauty of the California coastline juxtaposed with extreme urban deterioration began to inform the language of her work. From 2007 through 2009, Ani was an Artist in Residence at Red Dirt Studio in Mt. Rainier, MD, where she worked closely with ceramic artist Margaret Boozer, and further developed her distinct combination of sculpture and vessel work, showing her ceramics nationally at galleries and craft shows. Ani has now established her permanent workspace at Gateway Art Center in Brentwood MD.
Self-taught as a glass carver, Syl Mathis has been an artist at the Washington Glass School from its first “glass and steel” workshop. Syl combines investment casting techniques, high pressure abrasive carving, and cold-working techniques to create sculptural pieces in glass that often reflect stylized natural artifacts.
His imaginative and skillful use of design–designs which are combinations of man-made and natural forces–not only reflects a love of Nature which invites meditation and thoughtfulness, but also, eloquently highlights the beauty of Nature’s own patterns with a precision that transcends the mere manipulation of tools or careful, mechanical dexterity.
As a professional educator, Syl Mathis is a firm believer in process, the process of creative expression and of learning; as such, each carving is both a piece of art and the first step in a journey that promises to deepen our perception of Nature.
“Artifact #12″; 21″w x 6″h x 3.5″d; cast and deep carved amber glass on copper, carved slate and wood base; 2013