Artwork for Jacky Edwards
The Last Word
Thoughts of Spring
People’s stories fascinate me. The ordinary and extra-ordinary. I am drawn by our wonderful differences whilst celebrating our sameness of thoughts, fears, hopes and aspirations.
Working life strengthened my passion for equality and fairness. Talking to people who have lived the worst of experiences whilst others have only known comfort and joy has illustrated the hair’s breadth between wellbeing, exclusion and misery.
I have seen how community, collaboration, creativity and kindness has such a positive impact, the smallest of actions reaping greater benefit than can often be articulated.
Glass offers me a medium that in some ways replicates the human condition – sometimes shiny, glossy, bright, clear and very strong, but in other forms brittle, matt, light and fragile.
As my work develops, I hope to give people pause, opportunities to recognise our similarities, differences and connections; the challenge of living and working together and the benefit of the collaborative collective.
I am lucky enough to work in glass, a wonderfully varied and versatile medium.
Pate de Verre is my current process passion. The fragility and strength built from glass powders and frits work so well with the stories that I want to tell.
Making, selling, exhibitions and I offer introductory workshops in fused glass.
My need to use my creativity, not just in solving practical work challenges, but to record my admiration of the human form and psyche led me through a range of evening and day classes in Life Drawing, Ceramics, Print, Painting and Glass.
Today I am an emerging glass artist, specialising in kiln-formed glass, having discovered the stimulating possibilities of fused glass when I put some small pieces of bottle, window glass, wire and copper into a ceramic kiln just to see what would happen.
Largely self-taught I take up the opportunity of glass workshops and masterclasses whenever I can in order to extend my understanding of what glass can be encouraged to do and the artistic thinking behind the fantastic glass work of others.
My journey working with glass to date has led me through a range of marvellous processes and forms and given me the extraordinary benefit of meeting very generous creative artists happy to share their time and knowledge.
Within my own studio I have developed a real passion for glass powders and frits as they give me the chance to make very beautiful wafer thin pieces from the tiniest particles of glass and also more robust forms using the Pate de Verre approach. As such they offer me a metaphor for the strength and benefit that can be found through lone individuals making positive connections – community collaboration being another of my passions.
Education and Training
FdA/BA (Hons) Contemporary Applied Arts – Hereford College of Art – Completed and Passed First Academic Year – 2005/6
Sculptural Fusing 2 day Masterclass – Lisa Pettibone – 2013
Glass Foundation Course – KT Yun & Helga Watkins-Baker – 2016 – The Glass Hub, Wingfield, Wiltshire
Hot Glass Sculpture
Borosilicate Lampworking – Creative Glass Guild Bristol – 2017
Printing Techniques for Glass – 4 day Masterclass – Pippa Beveridge – 2019
Pate de Verre – 2 day Masterclass – Alison Lowry – 2021
Workshops – Introductory workshops on various fused glass processes offered by me from my glass studio since 2016
Volunteering – I provide craft and art sessions as part of the Jamie’s Farm Organisation -Jamie’s Farm acts as a catalyst for change, enabling disadvantaged young people to thrive academically, socially and emotionally. (Hereford – Jamie’s Farm (jamiesfarm.org.uk)
Curator: Contemporary Glass Society & the Artizan Gallery
Exhibition Space/Venue: Artizan Gallery, Torquay
Date: 26th November to 24th December 2022
Name of work: World Journeys
Stories – Whispers from the Past and the Present
Curator: Scottish Glass Society and the Contemporary Glass Society
Exhibition Space/Venue: Trades House, Glasgow and Wasps Creative Academy, Inverness
Date: Glasgow 14th to 21st September, 2022, Inverness 3rd to 28th October, 2022
Name of work: Jimmy’s Story & In the Shade of the Tamaron
Curator: Kimberley Lewis Blackwater Gallery Director
Exhibition Space/Venue: Blackwater Gallery, Cardiff, CF11 0AW
Date: 12th August to 1st September 2022
Name of work: Paper
Earth, Sea, Sky
Curator: Cathryn Shilling International Glass Artist & member of the Art member of the Art Workers Guild and a Fellow of the Society of Designer
Exhibition Space/Venue: London Glassblowing Gallery, Bermondsey, London, SE1 3UD
Date: 1st July to 29th July 2022
Name of work: World Journeys – a collaborative piece with Yvette Bartlett BA Printmaker, MA Painter
Curator: Makers Guild Wales
Exhibition Space/Venue: Makers Guild Wales Gallery at Craft in the Bay
Date: 2nd April to 29th May 2022
Name of work: The Last Word
CGS Open Exhibitions
The Human Condition
Date: September 2022
Name of work: Secrets
Flora – ACGS Selling Exhibition inspired by Cathryn Shilling
Date: April 2021
A Postcard From… – A show inspired by Alan J Poole
Date: February 2021
The Print Shed Christmas Exhibition
Date: December 2017
Date: December 2013
Date: December 2011
Herefordshire Art Week (Hart) h-art.org.uk
Inspired By Nature 2
Date: September 2015
Inspired By Nature
Date: September 2014
The Bredwardine Bunch
Date: September 2013
Made in the Marches Gallery – Kington, Herefordshire, England
Oil and Oak Gallery – Hay on Wye, Powys, Wales