Drawing and Glass: Integrating theoretical and contemporary drawing issues with studio glass practice
Grant, Jennifer (2013) Drawing and Glass: Integrating theoretical and contemporary drawing issues with studio glass practice. PhD thesis, University of Sunderland.
This research examines established and emerging practical methods and theoretical ideas in contemporary drawing in relation to studio glass. The Studio Glass Movement, encompassing both applied and fine art practice, originated in the 1950’s and, despite rapid advancements in the subject, glass is still considered an emergent material when compared to most other studio processes. For this reason existing and long established practices in drawing, developed in relation to other materials, may not be as effective in realising or exploring those qualities which are particular to glass, whether aesthetic, technical or philosophical.
Parallel to this are rapid changes happening within the field of contemporary drawing as a subject in its own right, which influence the wider context in which studio glass engages. In this research the use of empirical methods provide working examples of how drawing and glass can be integrated, through the production of a body of new work supported by theoretical and contextual findings. The investigation is practice orientated, incorporating both practice led and practice based methodologies.
The practice led theoretical research proposes a new drawing taxonomy in which dimension, notation, physiology and improvisation are understood as key components in the theory and practice of drawing. This is examined here in relation to glass as both a subject of drawing and as a material process.
Identification and reference to contemporary issues in drawing come from a variety of sources, for example through the Drawing Research Network, contact with specialist drawing research hubs including Wimbledon School of Art and Loughborough University, specific exhibitions and attendance at related events and conferences.
The practice based aspect uses facilities at the Glass Department, University of Sunderland and a drawing studio in Newcastle upon Tyne. The main area of exploration is concerned with the use of drawing integrated within kiln cast glass as differentiated from established practices such as engraving and stained glass which use drawing as a surface application to an existing glass body.
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