James Maskrey

James Maskrey started working with glass in 1990. He originally trained as an apprentice and subsequently worked for 7 years at a hot glass studio in Dorset. He left to study a Three Dimensional Design BA(hons) degree in glass at The Surrey Institute of Art and Design graduating in June 2000. After graduation he was appointed as Artist in Residence at the Surrey Institute. In 2001 James joined the Glass and Ceramics department at The University of Sunderland. In 2002 he started his Master of Arts studies at the University. He graduated with an MA in Glass with distinction in 2004.

James continues to work for the University, fabricating work for visiting artists and supporting students, staff and associated University schemes. He has worked on projects with the National Glass Centre and the Bowes Museum and masterclasses at Northlands Creative Glass, Scotland, and Sars Poteries, France.

His own work is held in many collections including The Crafts Council, Dan Klein and Alan J.Poole (National Museum of Scotland), Perth Museum and Art Gallery, Northlands Creative Glass, The Captain Cook Memorial Museum, Manchester Metropolitan University special collection and Crystallex (Czech Republic). He has exhibited widely in the UK, in the USA and at the International Glass Symposium in the Czech Republic.

Description of Works

The Worst Journey in the World first published in 1922 was a book written by Apsley Cherry Garrard, chronicling his experiences during Scott’s fateful expedition of 1911.

The title refers to the ‘Winter journey’ of 130 miles, carried out in temperatures of  -60c and 24hr darkness, with companions Dr Edward Wilson and Birdie Bowers, to collect Emperor penguin eggs from the rookery at Cape Crozier, of which only 3 survived. The journey was made in the hope that these eggs would yield the scientific holy grail of the missing evolutionary link between dinosaurs and birds. The embryo of the Emperor Penguin was regarded as a major ornithological prize, a scientific equivalent, perhaps, to obtaining the Pole itself.

Garrard was the only survivor of the winter journey as both Bowers and Wilson perished with Scott on their return from the pole, only 11 miles short of one ton depot.

Last Entry, Winter Journey and The Barrier, are vessels containing written remnants of Scott’s Terra Nova Expedition of 1911.