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Peter Newsome PhD, ARBS, RBA is a professional sculptor who specialises in glass sculpture. He has exhibited widely in the UK and in New York and appeared on Sky TV across Europe.
I work with hot glass and cold working techniques and my pieces are sculptural. I like to play with the interior of a blown form creating a hidden world into which you need to look deeper to discover detail. I study at Wolverhampton University on an MA in Design and Applied Arts.
I look at a sheet of glass and listen. There is always a story to hear. Sometimes, when the glass is dark and sleek, it could be about a dangerous crawling snake. Sometimes, when it’s flowing and fresh, it’s about a forest in spring.
But glass always has to talk first. After all, it will have the last word as well (as the years of kiln disasters taught me : -)). I let the material tell me about my next project and only ever so slightly add my own thoughts to it.
The stories are always complex and intricate. So are my designs. I like to mix the rough and edgy texture of the frit with smooth and shiny pieces of glass. Reminding me of the contrasting nature of everything else around.
I have made my living as an artist for 30 years. Firstly as a painter, in the last twenty years I have moved towards an emotional approach to landscape. I would say that the landscape has become my canvas – I go out and experience the landscape, the weather, absorb the feeling and colour and sound of it, and this feeds back to my work in the studio. Sometimes the influence is fairly immediate, but often it takes a long time, years even, for ideas to germinate and come to fruition in my painting.
I first came to glass 7 years ago with a painter’s desire to move beyond paint. Since then I have become drawn to explore the myriad possibilities that glass offers as a medium to allow me to make work with transmitted light, conceptual content, and work that moves in a poetic space between word and object.
Like my painting, my work with glass is very much underpinned by a fascination with the landscape, both as a visual and a metaphorical stimulus.
I live in Pembrokeshire with my partner and teenage daughter.