An investigation into the Ariel technique in kiln formed multi-layers in glass.
Mitchell, Joanne (2015) An investigation into the Ariel technique in kiln formed multi-layers in glass. PhD thesis, University of Sunderland.
The research aims to investigate and demonstrate the creative potential of the kiln-formed Ariel technique in glass, in the artist’s studio. The ‘Ariel technique’ is a creative process traditionally used in glassblowing, to create imagery within the walls of a vessel by trapping air pockets or ‘voids’ between layers of glass. This research identifies the limitations of this process and offers new avenues for artistic exploration by expanding its visual language through kiln forming; and investigating developments in digital processes and cutting technology to increase creative possibilities in terms of form and scale, into sculptural and architectural applications.
The content of the work relates to my curiosity in people, past existences and the minutiae of daily life which make up collective human experiences. My interest lies in controlling air within the glass to explore metaphors for thought and memory, drawing on the transparent and ethereal qualities of the material as both a window to and a barrier against its contents, and as a means of conveying common and individual emotional experience.
A body of work is being developed in order to demonstrate how the visual language of ‘Ariel’ can be applied to explore artworks beyond the vessel form. The research will record and disseminate new methods of practice which add to the creative vocabulary of the artist working in glass.
Entity III, 2015, Waterjet and kilnformed glass using 'Ariel' technique, photo: Colin Rennie
Glass Maker and Artist
I have worked at National Glass Centre since finishing my degree in 2005.
Head of Enterprise, Commissioning & the Studio
I am Head of Enterprise, Commissioning and the Studio at National Glass Centre at the University of Sunderland, England and am a member of the Senior Management Team.
My work uses a range of media which acknowledges the interface between both traditional practice and new media.
Learning and Engagement Officer
Rachel joined National Glass Centre in 2007 to support the Centre's learning and engagement programme having completed MA Glass the previous year.
Kalki Mansel is one of National Glass Centre's resident glass artists.
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