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.