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SAFE HAVEN
Jay M. Smith

Originally a biochemist Chrissie re-discovered the challenge of experimentation with fused glass, silver stain and enamels. During her recent studies at Glyndwr University, Chrissie used hand-cut coloured glass or sandblasted float glass to translate the similarities between water and glass. Her sculptural forms are displayed in gardens, backlit with solar LEDs.

I have always loved the feel and appearance of glass. After a career in science & engineering, I have started exploring what I could achieve in glass. Glass is an amazing material. The way it reacts to heat, cold, pressure and abrasion can be surprising. Understand what the glass wants to do and you can make wonderful objects. Above all, I want my designs to be functional and useful, as well as beautiful.

I work with kiln formed glass, but also have a long standing love of textiles and the stitched mark. My practice combines elements of kiln formed glass with found objects, printmaking and stitch.

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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.

Plain Pitch series. Ascent.24 x 24 cms each

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.

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