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I use predominantly hot glass to create factual and imagined objects that often take the form of individual pieces or collections of curiosities. Inspiration comes from many sources. Personal experiences, peculiar facts, elaborate hoaxes and more recently, voyages of discovery, endeavour and exploration all help to inform, whilst a passion for both traditional craft skills and innovative new technologies play an important part in the execution of the work.
My work explores connection and memory. It is strongly influenced by nature and technology. Natural elements, geometry, colour and texture are essential. To me, a piece is successful when someone feels the need to touch or study the work, deep in thought and memory - making a connection.
Glass is a fantastic medium to work in; it is beautiful and also useful. I enjoy making items that have functional application, that are tactile, and that are good for more than just 'looking at'. Functional. Beautiful. Glass.
Originally training as a 3D designer, I've been working in IT as my main career but always kept an interest in design over the years, from web design when in IT, now my interest has returned to glass as a medium. My blown glass revolves around the paperweight as a form and is experimental with inclusions of different material, trying to develop a technique that gives me some consistancy and ability to reproduce the pattern and textural qualities. I like simple forms with soft colour, but will try sculptural pieces that get quite complex, just to try and push the boundary.
Christopher McElhatton is an artist working in Suffolk, his studio is located between Aldringham and Thorpeness and he has exhibited his work in East Anglia and London. He also accepts commissions.