Taking Flight (Birds)
60 members were selected from a wide range of entries for this gallery exhibition themed around birds, or work that is influenced by birds.
The show was launched on 18th March 2016.
Thank you to all those members that entered work. We had a large number of entries for this show and it was super to see so many members take an interest.
Kiln-fired glass decorative panel with iridised glass and dichroics.
Kiln fused glass panel using powders & enamels.
This is a clear blown glass form which has been carved and textured using diamond and carborundum
wheels and sandblasting. The piece was then partially fire polished and selectively re-textured and
hand polished to maximise the surface variation.
The dark mirrored base is hand cut to complement and reflect the clear glass form.
Hand painted, kiln fired stained glass.
- glass sculpture made 2015 in honor of the Jordanian mercy flight pilot captured in 2014 by ISIS and burnt alive in an iron cage.
- 6 mm clear float glass - sandblasted, colored, bonded, in 3 parts
Set of glass coasters
Lost wax cast glass with found object
Throughout history humankind has had a deep and often mystical relationship with birds. They have been seen as Innocent companions and for tellers of our future. In this series this innocence is questioned. The bird in these pieces has become a symbol for unreliability and mistrust in our society suggestive of how information can be used against us. In each piece you are unsure if the relationship or conversation is all that it seems. Is the bird a passive listener or an agent who will misuse the information being relayed?
The strange little ceramic figurines or found objects I have used have a dark innocence of their own. Although they are mass produced and quickly hand painted in a spontaneous way, they have a quality and colour tone that lends itself well to this new body of work.
Bullseye glass, fused and textured. Overall height 400mm, set in a wood base.
Float glass painted with black glass paint and coloured enamels and fused onto wire
Fused panel 13mms x 18mms.
Hand cast glass houses each containing individually hand cut copper birds.
This piece is painted and foiled and hangs from a chrome chain. It is 30cm by 29cm.
It takes as its inspiration Fountains Abbey in North Yorkshire.
A large lidded bowl I hand engraved for a lovely elderly lady client who had a large
collection of my work, most of which she commissioned. Sadly she passed away last year. RIP Audrey Haddingham.
This piece of work depicts three crow skulls to acknowledge the macabre rural practice of hanging the corpse of dead crows on barb wire fencing to discourage other crows from attacking lambs
This piece is inspired by my residency at Skokholm Island Bird Observatory. At the observatory birds are ringed as part of the British Trust for Ornithology bird ringing scheme, which provides vital information about bird migration and survival globally.
Once the birds have been caught, they are placed in cloth bags for a short time to keep them calm and protected while they wait to be ringed, weighed and measured.
It is always exciting to see what bird comes out of the bag and I decided to make a piece which revealed the bird inside the bag.
This piece is part of a series which is currently in progress.
Fused and handpainted glass depicting a kingfisher on the side of the river. Using fused glass in a multilayered, three dimensional way, the kingfisher is then handpainted and fired using traditional glass painting techniques.
300mm - Wall mounted, Kiln Formed 'Glass Art' -
Made entirely from glass frits and powder, with raised and tactile surfaces.
As the light on the surface of the images increases the pebbles at the bottom
Kiln carved glass panel with gold leaf detail.
Fused glass layered piece.
These birds are on Cornwall's coat of arms but had for a period become extinct in the county.
But they have returned with the help of a re-introduction scheme, which also coincided with wild birds moving in from Brittany by their own accord.
They are real characters and seem to enjoy flying and tumbling for the sheer joy of it.
Feathers swirling in the breeze.
Dimensions: Disc 20cms diameter, 2cms width, in integral metal base.
Feathers: drill engraved.
Stained glass mosaic robin fixed to an old garden fork
Measures approx. 5" x 5". Commission made to fit into the wooden door of an old gypsy caravan.
A plaster batt is carved then infilled with powdered frit then covered with a coarser frit to capture the movement of the bird in this delicate fragile piece
individually fused and painted quirky bird brooches, ready to take flight!
Birds have fascinated me for a long time and have appeared consistently in my artwork since 2010. They are the wild animal that we have the most contact with on a day-to-day basis. Sparrows, crows, magpies, robins, sea gulls and pigeons all share our urban spaces often with very little fear or even regard for us, yet they remain utterly wild and undomesticated.
This image is a case in point. One Sunday morning, walking though the centre of Kobe I encountered a man, punk rock skinny, reeking of cigarettes and whisky and eyes that were just dark pits after staying up all night long. Everything about him spelled trouble. He acted as if he owned the street, until he startled one of gigantic crows that inhabit all Japanese side streets. Unperturbed, the crow showed us who was really the boss.
12" x 12"
Not available for sale but commissions taken.
34 x 16 cms
Bullseye glass, powders, enamels
We can only experience and appreciate a tranquil state once we have been thourgh a storm… It is a state as fine and as purposeful as a bird's feather…
Feather, by large, consists of two complementing, yet structurally very distinctive parts: the solid and the plastic. The solid part is central. It is the constructive element yielding a profound force which allows maintaining flight for long distances. The plastic, visually light part represents the human desire for flight, for freedom. Haven't you caught yourself envying a free flying bird, wondering where you'd fly, if only you could?
380 x 310mm Framed in Oak
The woodpecker is made from Artista Desag glass cut and fused, then mounted on a stainless steel fitting and fixed to a wooden base. A separate glass background completes
the piece, which stands 30cm high x 10cm deep x 8 cm wide
This bird was created as part of a triptych for an exhibition at the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust in Slimbridge, Gloucestershire, UK. The design was intended to capture the strength and elegance of the hundreds of swans which visit the reserve every year, often travelling thousands of miles over land and sea. The use of kiln carving and sandblasting enabled the lightness of feathers to be portrayed giving a 3D effect on a two dimensional panel. Size approx. 650mm x 600mm.
My current work has been exploring the potentials of drawing in other mediums. Whilst at the Royal College of Art I developed several techniques that worked directly with the kiln mould. I take inspiration from nature and language. The piece I have submitted for 'Taking Flight' focuses on a birds flight pattern and through layering the lines over each other the final work is a contained chaos.
Fused English Antique Glass birds mounted on stainless steel bases so can be placed out of doors
For this body of work I bring together strand upon strand of fine glass cane which I then work with in many, many layers, turning them into a deep and complex bowls. The final form of the piece is of something familiar, found in nature, yet the use of glass adds the dimension of surprise for this container for new life. The fragile vessel nestling eggs cast from enduring bronze.
Fused glass in acrylic stand
Vessel cast with gaffer glass - pierced rim - sandblasted and gilded flying birds
Inspired by the ornament & traditions of English 19th century cameo glass, my 'Cameo Series'
follows the familiar motif of the bird as it escapes from its 19th century scenery and explores new
surroundings. Decorative floral motifs, inspired by original cameo designs, have been infiltrated by
modern day imagery.
These birds are made of 3 layers of Bullseye glass with legs made of copper wire inserted in a base of solid oak.
The design is inspired by Scottish tartan.
Interior stained glass window, private residence, Ullapool.
H11 x D17.5cm, smoke grey glass overlaid on clear lead crystal, blown to my design by Potter Morgan Glass, cut, polished and wheel engraved 2015. In August the nesting swallows have hatched their young and by the end of the month are clustering together, preparing for the long flight south for the winter. A strong light will throw a black shadow of the bowl with white birds, a very satisfying contrast to the bowl colours.
Cast glass, wedge form, height 28cm
Part of work in progress on a pair of entry doors for a house in Polzeath. The land and sky are separate pieces of glass, waterjet cut and fitted together. This is the first time I have had glass cut by waterjet, and it has great possibilities, once you learn to communicate with the machine!
STAINED GLASS PANEL, PAINTED, COPPER-FOILED & LEADED
38 x 8 cm. Fused Spectrum glass.
'Feathering the Nest' panel was created as part of the recent Teepee Glass show at Ely Stained Glass Museum 'TP10YRS'
The panel measures 10inches square and features 10 gilded feathers - celebrating our glass group's 10 year anniversary
A move towards more sculptural work, but still using wire to create form and pattern.
Mixed media, approx 12' wide.
There is a story here.... something emerging....
Description: The brief for this private commission was simple
– to depict the wildlife and surroundings of Oxford.
Fused Glass on solid wood base
200 x 150 x 25 mms
Powder with sgraffito and water droplets on one side, outline of plummenting hawk on the other side. Low fired to preserve texture.
Inspired by the client's wish for a bedroom window depicting swallows.
The brief: Swallows in landscape of pale pink and blue hues.
Height 900mm W600mm.
glasswork housed in 23cm sq frame
Glassline Speckled Paper inclusion between Bullseye Streaky and Bullseye Tekta
Individual birds of dichroic, iridised, coloured, clear and textured glass, overlaid into a swooping flock.
Bird on a wire are individual handcrafted fused glass tiles.
Blown and hot sculpted hot glass bird and branches
Tall bowl hand blown in 24%lead crystal with new blue casing. Sandblasted decoration of individually drawn birds and bugs.