My first encounters with kiln formed glass were on a Foundation in Art and Design course in 2000. I was immediately captivated by the process. I spent 3 years on a part time Fine Art degree before getting my own kiln and following my instincts to make glass !
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 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 and run a small gallery adjacent to my studio where I sell my work.