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Form and beauty at British Glass Biennale

Post Time:Sep 19,2008Classify:Industry NewsView:498

The focal point of the recent International Glass Festival, the British Glass Biennale expertly summarises the diversity of contemporary glass-making. With work from established fine artists and designer/makers alongside that of rising students, the work ranges from subtle and intricate to garish and daring.

Entering the exhibition, the clear glass plume of James Lethbridge's Serpentine Chandelier successfully combines fragility and strength. Resembling an exploding firework, it also has the same wow factor.

Of the several installations, Edinburgh College Of Art student Meg McGregor's Pulse - a series of coloured clear glass suspended hearts - is intriguing, and there's a clear political aspect to Margareth Troli's Prohibited Articles (a selection of grey cut-glass weapons). Of the more traditional items, Timothy George Boswell's colourful distorted Fiesta is deserving of the Glass Sellers' Student Award.

The top gong was scooped by Surrey-based glass artist Tracy Nicholls who walked away with the £8,000 prize for her lead crystal open-cast triptych Orphica I, II and III. Beguiling and dramatic, it highlights our continued fascination with the technical and creative possibilities of glass.

Until Sep 28, Ruskin Glass Centre, Wollaston Road, Amblecote, Stourbridge. Daily 10am to 5pm, free. Tel: 01384 399410.

Source: www.metro.co.ukAuthor: shangyi

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