'Cut to the Chase': Water jet Cutting Show
This is the first show we have held that celebrates the technique of water jet cutting. Although water jet cutting has long been used for a variety of materials, over recent years water jet cutting has revolutionised the glass industry and is now being explored by artists as a way to interpret precise and intricate ideas within glass.
The CGS invited both non members and members from the UK and abroad, to apply for this show. The result is this dazzling array of finely-crafted work of 20 glass artists from around the globe.
Artists included orginate from Canada, Australia, Netherlands, Belgium, The USA, Norway, Spain and Wales.
Renowned Glass artist Vanessa Cutler also kindly assisted in the selection and curation of the work shown. Vanessa's work is concerned with pushing the parameters of water jet cutting technology and she is considered a specialist in her field.
We asked her to highlight her thoughts on the process of water jet cutting and it's current use within glass art:
"As someone who encountered the water jet process about 20yrs ago its application has developed now into something that glass artists can now really apply effectively and innovatively into their work.
The use of water jet cutting has now become established within the glass artists toolkit. As digital technology plays an increasing role in the development of ideas the use of such machinery is becoming easier to access, by knowing the types of files and not being shy in giving it a go artists are now displaying its aesthetical and mechanical application. Aesthetical in terms of following exactly as the artists intentions, the ability to draw and reproduce the forms required. Mechanical in terms of accuracy and repeatability.
As more artists have explored the process other have followed opening and enabling exploration and new areas of interpretation across all areas of glass. The process has fed into kiln-forming, hot glass application as well as the architectural, allowing size and scale to be exploited. Throughout he world the process is being used from the repetition of shapes for efficiency in cutting for architectural projects through the limited runs, production pieces to the one-off’s that demonstrate the artists ideas rather that the technical ability of just one process. This process is part of the tool kit and this exhibition of works just the process demonstrate how it is being applied and that it is available to anyone in all fields of glass. "
The show was launched in May 2014.
kiln cast glass and waterjet cut glass surround.
Studio: DV Art and Architecture
1018 Reed Street
Taos, NM 87571
Year made: 2011
Waterjet-cut float glass assembled to create a 400mm high birdcage with a with laser-etched mirror base featuring bird footprints. On the edge of the doorway, one final set of bird footprints are etched into the glass.
Flying the Nest represents the sensation of feeling impounded before being given the opportunity of freedom; thus evoking fear of the unknown and feelings of apprehension when changes come about in life.
Located: Carmarthen, Wales
year made: 2013
Description: 24"x8"x.5", Water Jet Cut, Transposed, Fused Glass and Steel.
Head of Glass, The Anoka Ramsey Community College
Born 1970 USA
4242 285th Ave NW
Isanti Minnesota 55040, USA
Year made: 2011
This new work represents a pause, a still point, a moment of clarity. A single image represented in glass using no colour, just light. A drawing with light and space. Intended not for architecture, but for the human spirit and for contemplation. This symbolic tree has been made by water-jet cutting 10mm float glass. It measures 1800mm x 2400mm
Catrin Jones Architectural Glass
Wimblewood Ganol, Cilonen, Swansea, SA4 3UP
Waterjet cut and kiln-formed glass
From my Deep Lochs series, based on contour data from the Bathymetrical
Survey of Freshwater Lochs, Loch an Eilein was created using layers of
Bullseye glass which were waterjet cut and then fused. The layering of
translucent glass creates deeper blues indicating deeper areas of the loch.
Year made: 2011
Description of work: (technical description) 16in. x 72in. x 4in.; glass, neon, metal
Wall-hung waterjet-cut plate glass light sculpture with mounted neon font
Country of origin: USA
Country of Origin: Alicante, Spain.
Water-jet cut and sandblasted glass, Height - 100mm / 4 inches, Width - 70mm / 2 3/4 inches, Depth - 20mm / 3/4 inch
Waterjet cut, flameworked and coldworked borosilicate glass, 925 silver
Country of Origin: Australia
This piece was a public art project for the Fairbanks, Alaska International Airport. It features a contour map of the Yukon River at Tanana. The icy river is made of cast and fused borosilicate glass.The surrounding stainless steel represents the land in its various forms, mountain contours and marshland.
2.2 meters high by 12.2 meters in length
Produced in 2009.
Oakland, CA 94621
tel (510) 533-8528
Country of Origin: Canada
Celtic Cross for St. Cuthbert Episcopal Church - Houston Texas
Wooden cross with fused glass Celtic design water jet cut from dichroic glass
2704 Sackett Street
Houston, Texas 77098
Country of Origin: USA
Year Made : 2014
I have always been fascinated by glass, its fluidity can create some of the most beautiful reflections. Having grown up in a culture rich environment I have developed a love for folk tales and fairy tales, I wanted to project my fascination with fairy tales through the medium of glass. Through my work I explore fairy tales in depth and analyse the underlying themes which are hidden within some of the most classic tales which most us would have heard as children.
Country of origin : Wales
Year Made : 2014
My work is inspired from a fascination with repetitious formations and the beauty of the natural world we live in. My intention is to evoke the fluid movement of organic forms gliding through water or air. I endeavour to capture the meditative quality that a viewer enjoys when seeing the graceful movement of a shoal of creatures in the deep sea or a flock of birds and freeze frame that movement.
This body of work shows use of over lapping intensities of coloured glass to create sensual abstract forms that disperse across the space. The space and relationship between the pieces becomes as important as the pieces themselves.
Country of origin : Wales
Iron: Lennie van Vugt
Height 2250 cm
width 200 cm
Wooden column 250 cm
all panels water-jet cut stained glass appliqué
Country of Origin: Netherlands
Year made: 2013
Kilnformed, water jet cut, cold worked and fabricated glass with water jet cut,
fabricated and powder coated steel
Country of origin: Australia (American living in Australia)
Year made 2013
A series of vessels inspired by google maps, of locations relevant to the artist, water jet cut and fused and slumped on a mould and shape inspired by the maps and globes from 16th century cartographer Gerard Mercator from the Mercator Museum collection in Belgium.
Country of origin: Belgian but living in UK
Aimee was born and raised in southern California and loves to travel; as a result, she began to compare the visual landscapes and is totally fascinated by cell phone towers that look like palm or pine trees, freeways and electrical towers. Sones’s immense interest in maps, demographic statistics, geography and infrastructural growth has led to her studies in rapid prototyping and geomodeling
Year : 2010
Cammo was made during my Phd research to demonstrate the complex use of interlocking glass parts. The piece combines dark green, dark brown, light brown and military green precision cut parts in bullseye glass. The pieces where placed together as puzzle before being fused.
Country of origin: Norwegian born- based in the UK
Year Made: 2014
Mild steel and acrylic console table with waterjet cut glass table top.
The console table has been inspired by the limestone geology of the Pembrokeshire coastline which produces fantastic sink holes and caves. The angle ground texture represents the rock face; with the MIG welding representing the resident barnacles and the beautifully waterjet glass being the rock pool surface.
Barry Cooper Glass Designs
Country of Origin: UK