Artist

I consider Ai Weiwei to be of the great artists of our time. His works speak on different levels.  They are engaging as objects but also convey powerful social and political messages, thought provoking and moving. I like his use of simple everyday objects like the bicycle in his work and although I hesitate to .....

I consider Ai Weiwei to be of the great artists of our time. His works speak on different levels.  They are engaging as objects but also convey powerful social and political messages, thought provoking and moving. I like his use of simple everyday objects like the bicycle in his work and although I hesitate to make any connections between his work and my own, this use of everyday objects in an artwork does connect with my work in optical glass.

Rothko’s work has given me great of pleasure over many years. The Rothko room in the Tate Gallery, London is a place I have returned to throughout my life. It is a place to sit and get lost in the big canvasses, the moody colours. I don’t feel the need to engage with the works in an intellectual way, it’s an emotional experience, one of simply letting the force and feeling of the paintings and colours wash over me. This feeling of the form and colour in the paintings simply feeling right and not demanding explanation is something I look for in my work.

Udo Zembok is a master of colour in glass. I am a fan particularly of his free-standing sculpture, his use of layered colour and his combination and composition of colour. I am indebted to him for introducing me to some of the techniques of combining colour with float glass.

I have only seen a few examples of Ivan Mares sculpture in kiln-cast glass, but his piece at the Connections Exhibition in Prague, 2009 was amazing. This was big, confident, Czech casting at its best. The piece was huge, a simple form in yellow glass with enough surface detail to focus and balance the piece. Brilliant!

-Colin Reid, 2018

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46th year of our International Glass Exhibition.

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Grand Opening: Saturday, April 28 at 8pm | Exhibition April 28- June 22