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Introduction: Glass Now (01:41)


This video will profile the eight finalists for the Jerwood Applied Arts Prize in 2003. Top glass blowers combine cutting edge technology with traditional skills.

Colin Rennie (05:51)

Hot glass is alive and provides feedback. Glassblowers should draw inspiration from fine arts and sculpture. Rennie likes to create pieces where tension exists between the organic and the mechanical.

Angela Jarman (06:07)

Jarman describes her transition from making work that is intrinsically disgusting to emphasizing mutations and genetic modification. Cracks in the glass can be the fault of the glass or from the caster's manipulation. Jarman uses black glass to highlight the internal texture of a piece.

Katharine Coleman (06:14)

Glass engraving is an intimate and private art. Coleman describes her interest in optical illusions and how her work become increasingly abstract. She uses carborundum grit, oil, and paraffin as the cutting medium.

Matthew Durran (07:03)

Glass should create unexpected things. Durran discusses being inspired by a colleague's work deconstructing Francis Bacon's studio. Equipment can sometimes dictate the completed piece.

Alexander Beleschenko (07:37)

Beleschenko describes how commissions vary and his creative process. Architectural glass is dependent on the whims of a building's inhabitants. A plotter cuts out a mask to be applied to the glass.

Helen Maurer (07:43)

Maurer gathers inspiration from collected images and looks for common themes. Antique glass can appear streaky and have more texture. "Under Wood Over Head" draws upon memories of coastal areas from her childhood.

Koichiro Yamamoto (06:52)

Yamamoto describes how he transitioned from industrial design to glass casting and his creative process. His work does not have a function but looks functional. The artist prefers transparent glass without color.

Amber Hiscott (06:20)

Hiscott never repeats herself; she lives in Wales. It is difficult for viewers not to notice a piece of art that affects the space. Hiscott achieves incredible colors by placing mouth-blown glass in layers.

Credits: Glass Now (00:23)

Credits: Glass Now

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Glass is a complex and alluring material: solid yet liquid, strong yet fragile, it reflects, refracts and absorbs light. These unique properties are being pushed to the limit by innovative artists in Britain today. Combing traditional techniques with cutting-edge technology, their creations include sculpture, architecture and installations. Glass Now offers an introduction to contemporary glass arts and profiles eight of Britain’s leading glass artists: Alexander Beleschenko, Katharine Coleman, Matthew Durran, Amber Hiscott, Angela Jarman, Helen Maurer, Colin Rennie and Koichiro Yamamoto. Short-listed for the prestigious Jerwood Applied Arts Prize 2003, these artists demonstrate the range, the excitement an the excellence of glass today.

Length: 56 minutes

Item#: BVL194785

ISBN: 978-1-64623-819-4

Copyright date: ©2003

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