Perfectly Practical ( Functional Ware)
Glass Art that is also functional!
35 CGS members were selected to take part in this showcase of functional glass.
Thank you to all those that submitted an image of work.
The launch date for this online exhibition: 23rd May 2016.
Fused glass plate and matching bowl - made to look like wood with block colour design.
Perfect for crisps or crudite and dip. Intended to make dressing the table for a party fun
with the warmth and complexity of wood - but more hygenic. ;0)
A fused, drop-through, gravity formed bowl to be a centre piece for a dining table that could hold anything from fruit to floating flowers or candles.
lamp 1 three blown glass capsule made with different surface, cork base with LED light.
lamp 2 double layered uplight shade, cork base with LED light.
This sign was created to direct people to a "hidden" front door. It uses a cream Bullseye glass background with an art deco inspired font in copper. The decorative elements are in natural tones to compliment the woodwork and surrounding stone walls.
26cms fused x3 and slumped
Size - 12x12x12 (approx)
Made from Bullseye rods in bright, summer colours
Made using Bullseye Glass
The rigid geometric shape of the terrarium forms a cocoon,
this warms and protects yet contrasts with the natural curling
form of the airplant
400mm - Wall hung 'Glass Art' - kiln formed glass with raised and sculptural surfaces.
The image was inspired by NASA's map of the planet. Although this is version III, each new image of the planet is different from the last, see website
Deep vessels made from analogous colours of glass sheet, kiln-formed, each 150mm high x 75mm diameter; mint, orange, teal, canary and cyan
Reverse painted splashback on 6mm toughened safety glass - detail painted first with three main different textured styles in a variety of 'rainbow' colours.
Four complementary shades of blue fused in three offset chevron shaped layers to simulate the image created by an old style kaleidoscope.
This fabulously functional dish is approximately 30cm by 20cm. It has a soft wavey edge which is irresistibly tactile. Great displayed; designed to be used.
Fused and slumped long fish dish. Using handcut stencils, hand frit work and additional pre fired fused part.
a very fluid form, with 'pockets' that can be used for dips, fruit or something different in each hollow!
In the half-light of the restaurant she sipped her wine and thought, “I am having so much fun”.
They had met via a dating website and despite her trepidation she had to admit that it was all going fine. He was charming, polite, and attentive and although a few years older than the picture he’d posted online, definitely fell into the ranks of the handsome.
He excused himself and headed towards the men’s room. She beckoned the waiter and had their wine glasses refilled.
“Are you ready to order?” he asked mechanically. She had not even looked at the menu yet. This was probably a good moment to get some ideas, especially as she had never visited this place before.
“Any recommendations?” she asked playfully.
“Get out while you can” the waiter told her “You’re his third date this week”.
Size 30cm square, made in 2016
Constructed from a 3mm thick base layer of 6mm strips of black surrounding rectangles of opaline, red, orange and yellow. Capped with a 3mm layer of clear. Fused and then slumped.
Copper leaf inclusions in slumped glass bowl 350mm diameter
Handblown, ground and polished lead crystal lamp
This lamp is made from fused bottle glass and is put together using Tiffany technique.
Fused glass pendant, deep carved and drill engraved to create the three-dimensional image.
Integral core cast cha wan from a hand carved clay master
Six panels depicting the view from the footpath above Padstow, looking out towards Stepper and Pentire Points and across the estuary towards Daymer Bay. The Ferry to Rock has been included (the tiny old ferry) so that the viewer can cross to the other side of the estuary.
Glass panel depicting Ingleborough, a favourite hill walk for locals and tourists with its distinctive outline, the panel measures approx 24cm x 30cm, mounted on a wooden base with an electric light fitting fixed to the base.
Twisted neck blown form in clear glass with sprinkle of enamel colour in the base.
A fused glass piece which echoes the movement and colours of the sea. Unusually, there are spaces between the glass pieces, which gives a feeling of light and airiness.
A contemporary. original design inspired by Art Deco and Oriental influences. Bullseye 3mm feature glass on a transparent 3mm base, fused and slumped. Ideal serving platter for Sushi.
Zap platters are produced using cutting edge manufacturing technologies, it has taken over five hours of cutting time on a waterjet cutter to cut the individual zigzags needed to create this design, which I cut from sheets of opaque White and opaque Black glass.
Once both sheets of glass are cut, they are cleaned by hand and are laid onto a ceramic kiln shelf into the design, then the Zigzags shapes pieces are fused together at tenperatures around 800 Degree Celsius.
Once fused together the fused tile is cut and then cold worked by hand this is where the edge of the glass tile is polished to create a soft edge, then the tile is place into the kiln again over a ceramic slumping mould and fired again at a lower temperature around 650 Degree Celsius to form the piece. At this temperature it is just hot enough to soften the glass and gravity helps bend it into its funtional form following the shape of the mould.
I enjoyed playing with scale in this piece: the tiny boys gone fishing, and the monstrous fish lurking in the deep. I photographed the boat on one of our "white" summer evenings in Helsinki.
Neutral coloured sandblast layers, with complimentary coloured glass bonded within the units.