G. William Bell
Coming from a craft orientated background from an early age, G. William Bell was exposed to numerous working practices, throwing on the potters wheel, casting metal jewellery and figurines etc. with his potter father. The interest and excitement in creating three-dimensional objects has stayed with him to this day. He completed a BA Honours Degree at Bath Spa University in Three Dimensional Design with Ceramics as a specialty. After graduating, he discovered his true calling in glass, and was employed by Bath Aqua Glass. He quickly moved from assistant to maker, from trainee to trainer, coaching other glassblowers as well as the general public while continuing to experiment, creating digital drawings, etchings and hot sculpted glass objects. During the Spring of 2012 he was the glass blower in residence at Kitengela Hot glass in Kenya. Since 2014 he has been working towards a BA Honours degree in Glass at KADK, Bornholm, Denmark. In March 2015 he was asked to represent KADK at the R.C.A., taking part in a week long workshop for Glass is Tomorrow called Makers x Makers, the products of which are now on a touring exhibition around Europe. G.William finds much of his inspiration through hot glass processes as well as nature, microbiology and textiles. He is fascinated with the idea of building on the traditional Venetian style of cane work in an attempt to create something more expressive, organic and personal.
Currently a student at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Art, I am enjoying exploring the unlimited possibilities of glass as an artistic medium. Much of my work in involves blown forms being altered or reworked through kiln casting and fusing processes. It is my hope that through this combination of techniques I can allow the glass to speak as a material.