Member Directory: S
The Scottish Glass Society is an artist-led, not-for-profit organisation with a mission to champion the work of glass artists in Scotland. It is one of the oldest Glass Society's in Britain. It is a membership organisation of glassmakers, collectors, historians and enthusiasts, which has been in existence for over twenty-eight years. The Society holds meetings to encourage communication between makers and others interested in glass.
My semi-abstract arrangements explore light, colour and form and in a structural and spacial environment. Although geometric in appearance they are derived from the real world and incorporate architectural elements: roofs, eves, quoins and corners. I am contrasting reflected and absorbed light, sometimes the transmitted light of stained glass windows, exploring bright and dark spaces, the internal, the external, the steep and the flat. The relationship between dual panels is important, the rhythm and balance, and the synchronism or counterpoint that plays on the eye.
I am a Glass Caster from Canada. My work is inspired by patterns of connection between the natural and human worlds. Metaphors and surreal imagery lead to the development of my three-dimensional forms. In my practice I express themes of duality and transformation in a purposefully fluid way, with the use of Gaffer Crystal Glass. I have a BA in Art History from Concordia University in Montreal, Quebec, and a BFA in Glass and Ceramics from the University of Sunderland in the UK. I now work from my studio in Nelson, British Columbia
Andrea Spencer's portfolio takes two divergent paths: public art commissions and autonomous sculpture.
The work she creates for commissioned public art works specialise in innovative applications of glass for the built environment, her small-scale sculpture and site-specific installations are concept driven. Throughout her work Spencer maintains an emphasis on the unique properties of glass, exploiting the intrinsic qualities of transparency, fragility and fluidity inherent within the material through the making process.
When I started working in glass six years ago, playing with coloured glass and the effects of light on it became an inspiration and compulsion for me. My glasswork is varied, from the magical world of my glass book and its related curiosities, to glass bowls and panels, using printing, hand-painting and etching techniques.