I am a glass artist and my practice includes conceptual sculptural pieces, as well as architectural and site-specific installations. I am inspired by geometry, abstraction and architecture. I create work that highlights the effect of light and cast glass. I use lost wax casting to create negative spaces within the form of a piece, which distorts and refracts through the density of glass and can represent deeper perspectives.
I have finally moved into Ocean Studios last week. Unfortunately the workshops won't be ready until the end of the month, so I'm getting things ready for the Plymouth Arts Weekender and the 2nd Half Career Art Exhibition.
I'm sharing my studio with a fellow glass artist Matt Tomas who will be a Tent London next week, so won't be around for the Plymouth Arts Weekender.
For the past few weeks I have been participating in a course at the FabLab at Plymouth College of Art. The FabLab has 3D printers, CNC milling and router machines and a laser cutter and this technology is at the cutting edge of art, craft and design. We also to become competent using Rhino 5 CAD software. This enables you to generate 3D work which can be printed on a 3D printer.
My project was to create a section of a larger piece and these sections will be cast in glass. The interior negative space has a grid pattern with lots of undercuts. So printing on a 3D printer is the ideal solution as the PLA plastic will burn out in a kiln.
Ideal for lost "wax" style casting. I will probably make a silicone mould of the printed model and then I can make many wax casts.
From these I can make refractory moulds for different coloured glass.
Well back in the workshops at Plymouth College of Art to be precise. As a result of my Hothouse activities, I have kindly been allowed back to use the facilities on an informal residency. So I am currently working on a new body of work that is influenced by Constructivist architecture.
Copyright: Andrey Stvolinsky
My main focus has been on the grids and tessellation of windows, and the piece that I am working on uses the main round window of the Gosplan Garage by Konstantin Melinkov.
I started to make my model from clay but I decided to use polystyrene instead. I used wooden coffee stirrers for the window frames. However I had problems with gaps so I had to cut out, accurately, cartridge paper to cover these gaps.
From this I made a silicone mould so that I could make wax casts. There was problems with the window frame details breaking off or the wax not getting into the channels, so I did a silicone cast form the silicone mould which worked perfectly. I used the rest of the polystyrene ball to make a mould. This half-sphere mould could be filled or partially filled to create sections in wax, as if sliced in half or thirds.
I eventually made open-cast plaster/flint moulds of all the sections.
When these came out of the kiln, I set about grinding them smooth so that I can assemble them as complete pieces.
I plan to fuse the sections together by making moulds and stacking the sections within these moulds and firing them in the kiln.
I am pleased to finally announce that I have been accepted onto the craft Council's Hothouse programme.
Press Release Crafts Council announces the 39 new makers selected for Hothouse 2015
The Crafts Council has selected 39 makers to take part in the six-month Hothouse
programme which is delivered in partnership across four regions in the UK. Hothouse has quickly established itself as a gold-standard professional development
programme for new makers. Over the last four years 122 participants have completed the
programme with 100% of last year’s cohort of 38 saying that the programme had enabled
them to think differently about the direction of their career. This is the first year that Craft Scotland has sponsored a cohort of six makers all based in
Scotland. Other new regional partners include Manchester Craft & Design Centre and
Manchester School of Art. The 39 makers selected already display a high level of technical craftsmanship and
originality but the programme, which starts in February 2015, will equip them with the
business and creative skills needed to run a successful and sustainable craft practice.
“Hothouse has proven itself an invaluable programme for early career makers and it is
only possible by working with knowledgeable and enthusiastic partners. This year is no
different and we are looking forward to working with Craft Scotland on the first Scottish
cohort.” Rosy Greenlees, Executive Director, Crafts Council
“We have seen the positive impact on the careers of the few makers in Scotland who have
been fortunate enough to have taken part in Hothouse programme in previous years.
Therefore we are delighted to host a Scottish cohort for the first time and look forward to learning alongside the makers in their journey of discovery and development.” Fiona
Logue, Director, Craft Scotland