Kalki Mansel is one of National Glass Centre's resident glass artists.
Kalki first came across a glass studio at the age of 13 when his family moved to Northern Ireland from the South and glass immediately made an impression on him.
“I was instantly intrigued and after hanging out there at every free moment found myself part of the studio and captivated by glass and its unlimited freedom of creativity.”
After finishing School to further his knowledge of glass he travelled to America to see and work in several artists’ studios and gain an understanding of forming glass through different processes and techniques.
By the end of his time in America he found his passion for glass was heightened and upon returning enrolled in university to continue his interest and development as an artist. He graduated in 2007 from the University of Sunderland with a BA (Hons) in Glass, Architectural Glass and Ceramics. In 2008 after travelling Australia for a year, he returned to Sunderland and the North East where he began working for Jane Charles at her glass studio in Newcastle and for the National Glass Centre hot glass studio. Today he is based in the North East as a practicing glass artist, as well as a glassblower for those studios.
“The great sources of inspiration in my work come from; science, the natural world, technique, culture, colour, light, and form as well as working with the molten glass itself and I enjoy using this creative medium to combine, capture and represent these interests and inspirations.”
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