In this, the UN International Year of Glass, we start our programme of talks for our Summer Festival with Heart of Glass.
The UN International Year of Glass 2022 was formally opened in Geneva in February this year and continues to celebrate the diversity, beauty, usefulness and magic of glass in all its myriad forms worldwide. In London, there is certainly plenty of talent in this field.
Book your free place and join glass artists and leading UK practitioners Katharine Coleman MBE, Lulu Harrison and Michèle Oberdieck in conversation with Annie Warburton.
These three makers occupy very different fields within the glass community and together they’ll explore the state of glass practice in the UK, discuss the National Glass Centre, glass biennale and what we can all enjoy in this International Year of Glass.
Katharine Coleman MBE is renowned for her explorations of the optical properties of glass, drawing the eye beyond the surface, creating illusions of one body floating within another. She is regarded by the V&A Museum as one of the leading glass engravers in the UK with work in the museum and many international public collections in Europe, the USA and worldwide.
Lulu Harrison is a self-taught glass artist, specialising in glass alchemy. She recently completed her MA at Central Saint Martins, studying Material Future. Inspired by ancient glass making processes and techniques, she has been creating unique batch recipes from local and waste materials.
Michèle Oberdieck specialises in blown glass inspired by natural forms and organic processes, exploring balance and asymmetry through shape, surface and colour. In an attempt to recreate the organic shapes found in nature, she actively works against symmetry, one of the core processes of blown glass.
Cockpit CEO, Annie Warburton has hosted talks on glass for Collect and the Penland Fellowship / Crafts Council. She’s also written on glass and innovation in craft and is on the advisory group of the National Glass Centre’s Glass Exchange exhibition opening this month.