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Featured Artist: Robyn Townsend

My work is focused in the areas of psychology, biology and philosophy but the key theme of my work is the human condition, I am fascinated by the study of the Human, the way we think, the way we act and the way we feel. I want to show people for their similarities rather than their differences, their universally qualities that are consistent regardless of race, culture, gender or political background.

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I am using intimate and recognizable body parts that give no hint of identity, to highlight the anonymity of people as well as reflect how our actions, often guided by our internal thoughts and fears, allow us to form our own human nature and create ourselves.  As well as casting with industrial materials to create a unique aesthetic and lifelike atmosphere.

 

Featured Artist: Robert Winter

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Robert has worked with ceramics for over twenty years. During that time he has developed a diverse ceramic practice that includes teaching, community work, design/technical consultancy and making his thrown porcelain.

Over the last four years Robert Winter has been working with ceramics and glass producers in the poorer parts of the world including Asia and South America. In partnership with fair-trade organisations both in the U.K. and abroad Robert has shared his design and technical expertise with producers in India, Peru, Bolivia and Vietnam. Robert has visited India and Peru on a number of occasions to oversee design and technical developments and to deliver workshops covering many aspects of ceramic production and sales.

Robert shares a studio in Newcastle upon Tyne with ceramic artist Katherine Butler. Together they run the Cone10 Contemporary Ceramics, creating a diverse range of porcelain, from exquisite and unique thrown pieces to large porcelain sculptural forms

This new body of work has been made in response to Roberts’s research undertaken in the developing world potteries. The latest work draws influence from industrial functional design. The structured line of every day utilitarian steel objects, often used in India instead of pottery, has been recreated in thrown porcelain, an expensive and precious material which changes the context in which the forms are seen and celebrates the skills needed to make handmade ceramics. Robert aspires to bring sophistication through new design to the potteries in Asia and South America so that village pottery can be seen in a new way and the potters themselves will have pride in their work and skills.

 

Featured Artist: Megan Randall

Megan Randall is a contemporary ceramic artist, and is a current PhD student a Sunderland University where her research focuses on the placement of domestic ceramic objects responding to the context of site.

Her work makes use of thrown porcelain alongside other less traditional materials and found objects. Working on the wheel is repetitive this gives pieces a rhythm and flow. Recent work has focused on willow pattern designs, which create their own narrative around domestic spaces, industrial sites and the notions of home.

In the past her work has included site specific installation and interventions alongside designed and hand crafted ceramic objects. The link between the separate worlds of fine art concept and that of designer/maker is the consistent use of porcelain which evokes a sense of luxury, fragility and, in some pieces, vulnerability.

Her work combines new technology through the use of the water-jet cutter with the altering of the ready-made object. This informs both the fine art and design practices which she runs in tandem. Megan has exhibited nationally within the UK including in the British Ceramic Biennial and at The Design Event in Newcastle upon Tyne.

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Today’s Featured Artist: Philippa Whiteside

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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.

Featured Artist:Jeffrey Sarmiento

Jeffrey Sarmiento’s working methods for image transfer in glass have taken him all over Europe and the US as an artist and academic. He holds an MFA from Rhode Island School of Design and a PhD from the University of Sunderland, where he is Reader in Glass. He has also lived in Denmark as a Fulbright fellow, and received emerging artist residencies at UrbanGlass in New York and at Pilchuck Glass School. Based at the National Glass Centre in Northeast England, Jeffrey leads the print and waterjet research areas by teaching, executing artist projects and making his own artwork. As a Filipino-American, his work is inspired by foreign ethnic contexts, expressed through collisions of layered images within glass. His work has been shortlisted for the Bombay Sapphire Prize, and he has held solo exhibitions in Copenhagen, Portland, and Istanbul. In 2012 he was the UK national commissioner for the European Glass Context in Denmark, and he also won the International Glass Prize, at GlazenHuis, Belgium. His artwork is the collections of the Museum of Liverpool, UK, the Speed Museum, USA, and the City of Lommel, Belgium.

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Working methods for image transfer in glass have taken him all over Europe and the US as an artist and academic. He holds an MFA from Rhode Island School of Design and a PhD from the University of Sunderland, where he is Reader in Glass. He has also lived in Denmark as a Fulbright fellow, and received emerging artist residencies at UrbanGlass in New York and at Pilchuck Glass School. Based at the National Glass Centre in Northeast England, Jeffrey leads the print and waterjet research areas by teaching, executing artist projects and making his own artwork. As a Filipino-American, his work is inspired by foreign ethnic contexts, expressed through collisions of layered images within glass. His work has been shortlisted for the Bombay Sapphire Prize, and he has held solo exhibitions in Copenhagen, Portland, and Istanbul. In 2012 he was the UK national commissioner for the European Glass Context in Denmark, and he also won the International Glass Prize, at GlazenHuis, Belgium. His artwork is the collections of the Museum of Liverpool, UK, the Speed Museum, USA, and the City of Lommel, Belgium.

Featured Artist: Phil Vickery

Phil Vickery is an international award winning glass artist who is based in the North East of England. As an artist Phil finds glass one of the greatest challenges. One has to understand not only about art theory and contemporary contexts, but also the nature of this fluid material.

Phil Vickery won an award in Washington DC, the Renwick Award for Distinction in Glass in 2009, and in 2011 was chosen for one of five Honorary Diplomas of the Jutta Cuny – Franz Foundation, Germany. Most recently he was the winner of the Art In Lyddington award for best 3-D in show, UK, 2012.

His work involves two representational concepts; one around the natural power behind thought, human nature, and how the subconscious is woven into this equation and relationship. And another, an evolution of technique representing nature, life, energy, and movement; gathered upon over and over again to make the internal twisting more encased inside clear glass to form an aesthetic of maelstroms in water. Gold is added to create a plethora of stars and it is flattened to form a flat oval shape. The sculptures are either one-off individual pieces or individual pieces in a series. All the work was hand blown and cold-worked to a high standard for commission or exhibition for sale around the world.

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Featured Artist: Michael Janis

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).

Artwork Info:
“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

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Featured Artist: Laurel Lukaszewski

Laurel Lukaszewski is a Washington, DC area based artist. She has exhibited widely in the Mid-Atlantic region and nationally with solo exhibitions in Washington, DC, Arlington, VA, Norfolk, VA, St. Louis, MO, Tulsa, OK, and Bainbridge Island, WA.

Laurel is a founding member of Flux Studios, in Mt. Rainier, MD and has been a visiting artist at Seattle’s Pottery Northwest and Holland Hall in Tulsa, OK. Shehas served on a number of nonprofit boards including the Washington Sculptors Group, the National Cherry Blossom Festival and the Washington Project for the Arts Artist Council. Please visit www.LaurelLukaszewski.com for more information.

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Featured Artist: Midori Shinmura

Since 2001, I have lived and worked in the UK. After graduating with an MA from the University of Sunderland I received a scholarship from Bradford College and worked as an artist in residence. On completing my scholarship I have continued to divided my time between my own practice of kiln formed glass and jewelry, and sharing that knowledge through teaching.

Often my own personal development feeds back into my teaching work. Over the years I have enjoyed teaching a wide range of students at the National Glass Centre in Sunderland as well as projects at outlying schools and colleges.

I take inspiration for my own work from nature and the marks humanity leaves behind in archaeology.

My current work is around the combination of colours through the technical process, the preparation quite labour intensive.I hope you can enjoy my work with my story and background going into each piece.

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Featured Artist: Tim Tate

Tim Tate is a Washington, DC native, and has been working with glass as a sculptural medium for the past 25 years. Co-Founder of the Washington Glass School, Tim’s work is in the permanent collections of a number of museums, including the Smithsonian’s American Art Museum, Renwick Gallery and the Mint Museum. He was awarded the title of “Rising Star of the 21st Century” from the Museum of American Glass and was also the recipient of the 2009 Virginia Groot Foundation award for sculpture. His work has been shown at the Milwaukee Art Museum, the Fuller Museum, the Asheville Art Museum and the Museum of Arts and Design in New York. He is a 2012 Fulbright Scholar recipient at Sunderland University in England.

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“The View From Above”
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Cast Glass, Wood, Steel, Video Projections; 2013

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“Obsessed By Ophelia”
Cast and Blown Glass, Video
24”h x 12”w x 8”d; 2013

Featured Artist: Cate Watkinson

Cate Watkinson of Watkinson Glass Associates has over 20 years experience as an architectural glass artist, designing and fabricating architectural glass to commission for a wide variety of applications. During this period she has been instrumental in developing the potential of glass in the public realm. Her projects range from decorative glass panels for public and private buildings to street furniture and sculptural public art pieces. She has also exhibited her works in galleries in the UK and across Europe. Through commissioned works Cate has built up a wide range of innovative techniques and has gained significant knowledge and experience working with glass on a large scale in the public realm, not only in aesthetic terms but also in design of structure and durability of materials used. Since 2006 she has held the post of Subject Leader and Senior Lecturer in Architectural Glass at the University of Sunderland in the UK.

The work she is showing here is based on the movements, rhythms and processes involved in weaving cloth. Many of Cate’s ancestors worked in the textile industry in the woollen mills of the north of England. In these pieces she pays homage to the labours involved and celebrates the processes of making, both of cloth and in her own chosen material, glass.
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Featured Artist: Sean Hennessey

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.

Featured Artist: Brian Thompson

This ‘Collection’ of sculptures in topographical in nature and is part of a project drawing together interests in revealing the northern landscape with the developments of new crafts in making sculpture. The inspiration comes from the idea of journeys and in this case celebrating the great northern rivers of the Tyne, Wear and Tees as they travel to the sea.

These ‘journeys’ are recorded through tracings from aerial photographs of the rivers. The traced images are used to make precision digital templates from which layers of sheet glass are cut using a water-jet cutter, each layer becoming a template for the succeeding layer. Through small increments of size, introduced by the process, the sculptures evolve tapering downwards from top to base; marking, layer upon layer, in geological fashion, the time of their making.

I am interested in how journeys explore landscapes, how paths get worn, compress and build up over many generations; how rivers cut and change course as they journey to the sea. These routes and points where they cross reveal the topography of the world and tell us something about how we come to know and navigate it. These sculptures extend an ongoing engagement with landscape and through sculptural metaphor seek to give the genius loci or a sense of the chosen places.

brian.thompson@sunderland.ac.uk

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Featured Artist: Joe Hicks

Since 2001, Joe Hicks has been living in Washington DC where he moved after receiving a BA in Art from Shippensburg University in 2000. He enrolled at The George Washington University where he studied for three years earning his MFA in Ceramics i n2005. Joe Hicks currently maintains a studio for his own ceramic vessels and sculpture work, participating in ceramic and sculptural exhibitions on the regional and nationa llevel. He directs the ceramic program at Gallaudet University and is an Adjunct Professor of ceramics at The George Washington University.

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Featured Artist: Stephen Beardsell

I graduated from the University of Sunderland achieving an MA in glass 2006 and BA in glass and ceramics 2001.

I have been involved in sculpture for the past 17 years. My aims have been, and continue to be, to create mixed media sculptures that sit comfortably in the natural environment without conflicting with their immediate surroundings.

I spend much of my spare time outside camping, fishing, walking, foraging but all the time observing and it’s these observations that influence my sculpture. How things grow, evolve and exist, also the interaction between the environment and us.

The qualities of glass, transparency, depth and the how vibrant colures reflect on the inner surfaces have drawn me closer to understanding the direction I would like my career to move in.
Techniques I use are hot blown glass, hot sculpting, and hot casting into sand or graphite moulds, carved by myself (a very dirty job). I also kiln form glass and have recently kiln cast the largest singular piece of glass in the UK, a large oval red lens weighing 350kg, cast in a Czech glass. I am currently working on a book which describes the processes involved in casting such a large piece of kiln formed glass.

A recent solo exhibition in Mayfair, London, led to 2 of my sculptures being shipped to a Cape Town, South Africa, where they are now displayed in a private sculpture garden.

Website www.stephenbeardsell.com

Email stephenbeardsellglass@yahoo.co.uk

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Featured Artist: Audrey Wilson

Audrey Wilson has a BA in Crafts with a Glass Concentration from Kent State University. Originally from Columbus, Ohio, Audrey has worked at the Chrysler Museum Glass Studio as the studio and teaching assistant, working with the museum’s visiting glass artists. Audrey’s artwork references nature and organic forms, and she specializes in kiln casting, pate de verre and sand casting with mixed media.

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“Quadratically Coupled Optomechanical Doubled Wing”
Pate de verre kiln formed glass, found metal, latex
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“Bluebook for a Woman’s Revenge”{
Kiln formed tempered glass, found metal, latex
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“Mechanically Activated Patent US1680”
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Featured Artist: Andrew Livingstone

Dr. Andrew Livingstone holds a BA(Hons), MA and a PhD, The Authenticity of Clay and its Redefinition within Contemporary Practice: Ceramic Familiarity and the Contribution to Expansion. He is an academic at the University of Sunderland where he leads both MA Ceramics and CARCuos the Ceramic Arts Research Centre. His exhibitions include The Smithsonian Institute and the Garth Clark Gallery, New York. He recently exhibited in ‘Red Hot’ an exhibition of clay in contemporary art in Germany together with Ai Weiwei and Richard Deacon. His work is held in many private and public collections internationally, including Yingge Ceramics Museum, Taiwan and the Garth Clark Mark Del Vecchio Permanent Collection at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. He was awarded an Honorary Award at the 5th World Ceramic Biennale Korea 2009, and was recently awarded the Jurors Prize at the Taiwan Ceramics Biennale 2012. His research area is focused on ceramics in the widest sense engaging with material, process and the social contexts in which ceramics operate. The familiarity of ceramic material and object take centre stage within his research, where both the handmade and readymade are employed within both installation and conceptual applications. Andrew’s work operates within the expanded field of ceramics and investigates the employment of and interface between digital media, film, animation, photography and non-ceramic intervention.
Andrew has published 3 books including ‘Parallax View’ 2011, published several articles and has delivered many published conference papers in the UK, Ireland, Europe, USA, China, Korea and Australia.

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Featured Artist: Elizabeth Vorlicek

Liz is a ceramic sculptor and visual arts teacher living in Alexandria, Virginia. She graduated from the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University with a BFA and a MFA degree. Liz has taught in the Arts Department at Episcopal High School in Virginia for the past seven years. She is also a curator and the Director of the Angie Newman Johnson Gallery. Liz joined Flux Studios in Mt. Rainier, Maryland as an Emerging Artist in the fall of 2012. She enjoys traveling, bird watching and baking in her spare time.

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Featured Artist: Margareth Troli

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Born: Beiarn, Norway 1978
Education:
PhD University of Sunderland 2011
MA University of Sunderland 2007
BA(Hons) The Surrey Institute of Art and Design 2001
BA 1st Year University of Wolverhampton 1998

Margarethis based at the National Glass Centre (UK) in Sunderland where she explores the integration of digital technologies in her artwork. She completed a Phd in 2011 with the support from the Art and Humanities Research Council (AHRC). She developed technical approaches for the Studio Glass through the investigation of waterjet cutting. Troli’s research has also been presented at international conferences.

The integration of digital technologies has transformed her working methodology as well the visual language of the artworks by combining traditional glass making processes with new technologies. Her practice can be placed within the overlapping realms of applied art, design and craft.

Troli has received numerous prizes, awards and scholarships for her artwork. She has participated in several international exhibitions and design fairs such as the British Glass Biennale (UK,) 100% Design, (UK), SOFA New York, Designers Block, (UK), Coburger Glass Prize Exhibition, (DE), Design Mart (UK) and The British Parliament

Margareth’s artwork can be found in the collections of the Broadfield House Glass Museum (UK), which holds one of the largest collections of Glass Art in the UK, and the Ernsting Stiftung Glass Museum (DE).

Margareth has recently won a commission to create lighting sculptures for a cultural centre in Norway which is due to open in 2014.

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