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Catriona R. MacKenzie (CatMacKGlass)

Limn Bottles
Catriona R. MacKenzie
Lamina Vessels
Catriona R. MacKenzie
Stones
Catriona R. MacKenzie
Tusk
Catriona R. MacKenzie
Whisky Platter
Catriona R. MacKenzie
Lamella Vessels
Catriona R. MacKenzie
"Sleigh-laighe" - The Fallen Spear
Catriona R. MacKenzie
Ruche
Catriona R. MacKenzie
Drop Pendant
Catriona R. MacKenzie
Spore Rings
Catriona R. MacKenzie
Catriona MacKenzie

Catriona’s work is created to be cheerful, bold and full of texture. She wants to uplift the viewer with her use of colour combinations and clean feminine shapes. Her inspirations come from the world around her, and the sanctuary she finds within certain environments – walking in the woods in her native Scotland, or sitting having a coffee next to the graffiti of Bristol. She likes the juxtaposition of these different themes, and uses opposites throughout her work. This can evolve from a contrasting colour or surface texture, to the use of light and obscuring of light. Opaque glass has always had importance in her creative development and likes the way it can look like ceramics.

Details about work or recent projects

Her passion for glass, came while studying for her Design and Applied Arts Degree at Edinburgh College of Art. She really enjoys the layering qualities that glassblowing encourages and uses colour techniques and glass carving to create three-dimensional worlds within each form.

Catriona’s work is created to be cheerful, bold and full of texture. She wants to uplift the viewer with her use of colour combinations and clean feminine shapes. Her inspirations come from the world around her, and the sanctuary she finds within certain environments – walking in the woods in her native Scotland, or sitting having a coffee next to the graffiti of Bristol. She likes the juxtaposition of these different themes, and uses opposites throughout her work. This can evolve from a contrasting colour or surface texture, to the use of light and obscuring of light. Opaque glass has always had importance in her creative development and likes the way it can look like ceramics.

"By using opaque coloured glass I can convince the viewer that they are looking at a piece of glazed porcelain. Only when they realise that the interior of the piece is transparent, does the material reveal itself to be blown glass. I like carving through the layer of opaque colour to create these "windows" into the interior world within"

Catriona would describe herself as a maker first - a skilled Craftswoman. She likes the process of making, and has spent the last 15 years honing her technique. She has studied at Alfred University, NY State, USA and has completed a 2 year Post-graduate diploma from the International Glass Centre, West Midlands. She has worked for other makers and taught in various institutions.

In 2013 she was honoured to win the Silver Award for Glass from the Craft & Design Magazine. This resulted in a pull page spread in the Craft and Design Magazine, issue 229. She has also been a finalist for this award in 2014 (Issue 235), and 2016 (Issue to be announced).

In 2015 Catriona was awarded a place on the Crafts Council UK’s Hothouse 5 mentoring programme. This invaluable knowledge has helped her with her own Craft Business, and now has a lampwork and jewellery studio in the Old Market area of Bristol, England.

In 2016 the filmakers R&A Collaborations have picked Catriona as one of their artists to capture on film. The film "Dance of Glass" is available online via vimeo. Please watch and share by clicking on the link - www.vimeo.com/158639806.

Centrespace Studios
Studio 21, 6 Leonard Lane
Bristol Bristol, City of BS1 1EA
United Kingdom
Phone: 07891702714
Technique:
Cold work, Flame working, Hot glass, Other: Jewellery
Occupation:
Artist, Educator
Discipline:
Decorative, Design, Functional, Installation, Jewellery, Sculptural
Areas of Interest:
Competitions, Conferences, Education, Exhibition, Manufacturing, Marketing, Networking, Publications, Sponsorship, Supplies, Technical queries, Techniques, Workshops