A self-taught artist, I work with clay and glass, experimenting with various materials and fusing recycled glass, building sculptures with clay and glass combined, as well as designing and creating architectural stained glass on commission. In my designs, movement & texture are most important and in equal balance with colour.
Art has always been a central theme in my life, in my creative journy and in my work as an art therapist. The most important element in my work is colour ,which is particularly expressive in glass where light and colour meet and interact in an endless variety of ways.
Alan Poole is one half of Dan Klein Associates and a Director of North Lands Creative Glass. Dan Klein Associates:Promoting contemporary glass in numerous ways such as occasional exhibitions, publishing books & exhibition catalogues, writing previews, reviews & forwards of exhibitions, magazines and glass society newsletter articles and taking charity auctions, etc. We are collectors of British & Irish Contemporary Glass covering some three decades and also occasionally have 'by appointment only' private sales of unique pieces of contemporary glass from internationally recognised makers from around the world.I also produce a regular, tri-weekly, group email news list outlining where British & Irish contemporary glassmakers are exhibiting their work, be it in exhibitions, fairs and or open studios. If you wish to be included in this, please send me your exhibition information (along with a current c.v.)North Lands Creative Glass:A now very well known and established contemporary glass summer school located in the small coastal village of Lybster, Caithness, north-eastern Scotland, (N.L.C.G.) holds regular ten day masterclasses, an annual weekend conference programme around August bank holiday time and has opportunities for four to six week residencies (occasionally as scholarships).Masterclasses have been led by world renowned Glass Artists such as, Tessa Clegg, Mieke Groot, Diana Hobson, Alioson KInnaird M.B.E., Dante Marioni, Dick Marquis, Joel Philip Myers, Paul Stankard & Bertil Vallien.Additionally, glass/mixed media courses are frequently held and we have been extremely fortunate in attracting course leaders such as, Tony Cragg, Richard Deacon, David Nash, Richard Wentworth, Alison Wilding & Adrian Wiszniewski to lead these in collaboration with prominent glassmakers. Over the last few years, specialist 'Bullseye' classes have also been added to the roster for those wishing to learn more about this particular type of glass.
Shivashtie is a sculptor and artist working in a variety of media including ceramic, glass, metal, wood, brick and various painting mediums. Shivashtie explores reality and perception and works intuitively, letting materials speak for themselves and combining materials in ways which invite the viewer to question what they see.