'Highlights from New Designers 2013' - 19 Students
This aim of the exhibition is to highlight glass students who will graduate this year and inform the public, CGS members, and collectors, of the multifaceted approach that these students take to their personal expression in glass.
A big thank you to the 19 glass graduates who have shared their work with us. Drumming up the highest visitor numbers in its 28-year history, New Designers has certainly affirmed its position as the ambassador of graduate design exhibitions.
Every summer, New Designers helps thousands of graduates to launch their career at the spectacular Business Design Centre in London.
Details of the Award Winners and CGS Prize Winners can be viewed at: http://www.newdesigners.com/page.cfm/link=129
New Designers is an event held every June/July at the Business Design Centre in London, some 3,500 newly graduated designers come together representing the top 200 design courses from across the nation to meet industry employers, the media, trend predictors and a design hungry public, for more info www.newdesigners.com.
It is the ingenuity and diverse array of skills and specialisms on display that makes each edition of New Designers such an enjoyable and worthwhile event for all involved. Given the challenges faced by Britain’s students, it is hugely positive that events such as this reaffirm the large value of imaginative thinking and creative endeavour.
This online show was launched by the CGS on the 1st of November 2013.
Kiln Cast Glass utilising 100% recycled glass. Oak Base.
Based on geometry and constructional drawings from linear and aerial perspectives
Blown and hot sculpted glass
These sculptures were created by developing a set of hinged steel molds with various geometric patterns cut into them using C.N.C technology. The glass was then blown into the molds and the molds released leaving a sculpture with a textured surface to give the impression of windows on a high rise flat. These sculptures are designed to be exhibited and appreciated as single items or in a large group symbolising a city scape.
Blown & Found Glass with Engraving, 2013
The primary theme within my creative process is the exploration of preciousness and play within
the studio practice. Preciousness, it is not only the value or quality of the materials themselves but
more so what they represent. I find myself choosing and treasuring things that have a story and a
link that represent emotional connections.
Bullseye cast with borosilicate extrusions. Inspired from organic underwater forms.
My forms are inspired by the formation of natural rock clusters and mineral specimens.
I am particularly interested in the contrast between the rough and rocky exterior and
the shiny, vibrant interior. My work exploits the natural reflective and transparent
properties of glass as I contrast soft and gentle curves with sudden sharp and polished slices.
My work is informed by archaeology (I was an archaeologist), artefacts and memory.
How ordinary objects change from being practical, to sentimental (after loss) to
being rediscovered as an artefact and put on display.
I have used open casting, lost wax, fusing and slumping to create the whole installation.
As China is famous for its ink-wash landscape painting, it seems to be the art of water.
There was a new idea into my head, how about to use solid state to show it, then i thought
of glass, the material which is similar with water, but it is static.
I mainly did the glass casting, i made the form into triangular prism, because it is the
best shape to let the light through in. The mountain in the middle will be reflected into
three inside the prism, giving the illusion.
This sculpture is moulded by hand from molten glass using the Massello technique of sculpture.
The piece is made from transparent grey glass and is a study of the male form inspired by
traditional Greek marble sculpture of human physiology.
Three-dimensional designer Alex Blakey recently graduated from Manchester Metropolitan University.
Her work uses glass to create ghosts of objects and places, memories and times that have passed.
Her inspiration comes from places and objects that are often overlooked. She finds the stories
behind them that would otherwise be left untold and bring them out in her designs.
Her piece, ‘A glance through time’ is a direct cast of the building exploring its history
as the centre for trade for Manchester.
Taking a simple throw-away item that is a glass bottle and transforming it into something playful,
quirky and beautiful. Recycling is the prime inspiration for this collection of bottle lighting,
reusing drinks bottles and wood to create simple yet elegant pieces of design.
A reaction to the devastating effects of ‘Chalara dieback’. The fungal disease
threatening our British ash tree begins inside the heart of the tree, eating its way
out through each layer of bark. ‘Inside’ utilises optical effects of thick glass, built
up in layers of coloured/clear glass, intertwined like fungus, cross sectioned revealing
individual rings. Look deeply into any piece of the ‘Inside’ collection, you will find
the ‘heart’, a representation of how precious the life of our woodland is.
Dimensions of glass sculpture w. 85cm H. 85cm D. 20cm
Julia’s work reflects her passion for exploring the qualities of balance, movement,
light and colour and how they may affect our well-being. Inspired by photographing
professional dancers, her recent blown and manipulated glass sculpture investigates
elements of movement and form combined with merging colours.
The body of work makes a bold correlation between shapes generated by dancers in dynamic
motion with the stretched contours formed in the glass that seek to capture fleeting moments
in the drama of performance.
A lampworked glass 'spider' forms the centrepiece of this work, caught sitting under a glass blown cup.
Inspired by research about the Blaschka's sea creature models I have captured the character of a spider in this
large glass bead, measuring two and a half inches across and half an inch high.
“On My Mind” is fused and engraved glass. I am woking on
integratingcameo engraving with drawn images fused into layers of glass. I aminterested in
juxtaposing the surface of the object with an exposedinterior. This work takes inspiration
from historic portraitmedallions, playing on the difference between the image we put forward
to the world and what we keep to ourselves.
Slot lighting is a functional set of lights that ‘connect’ together.
The design is simple but it challenges the relationship between form, colour and assembly.
The design can be assembled to be a whole piece, creating a layering effect where the two
pieces overlap or taken apart to be used separately; allowing individual tastes to be chosen.
My designs are process led, expanding on glass design techniques and knowledge learnt whilst
studying in the Kingdom of Crystal in Småland, Sweden.
It is the Catalan word anyorança, which describes a nostalgic state of longing that best describes
how I feel when I am away from my country. I believe it is nostalgia which inspires me and drives
my main body of work. My interest is to create an ambience, an experience involving colour, light
and oneself. "Sheltered by Colour" evoke Mediterranean landscapes in my native Catalunya — reminiscing
past experiences of my own life.
(Materials: Glass, brass, silver stain and enamels)
Multiple layers exploring the textures and planet surfaces in space,
encased in clear glass representing what is beyond our reach.
The piece transforms as you shine light through it revealing all of its colourful layers
showing the depth and distance.
Dimensions: 21.5cm Width x 30.5cm Height x 3.5cm Thickness
Kiln cast Gaffer Glass with intrusions of stringers and frit.
This human/animal composite figure of my own invention tries to embody the
notion of flying/jumping and diving into water.