The current theme of Colin’s work centres around the translation of scientific ideas from abstract esoteric constructs into solid and real world models or agents of understanding. It comments on the perception of scientific explanation in an increasingly secular society.
The work often involves models of organic subjects or theoretical objects contained in vessels or cubes and optically obscured or distorted. Glass is used as both a modelling material and as a controlled window through which to observe; glass has the faculty to modulate light and transparency it is a metaphor for the visible and the invisible, or the grey areas between science and myth and idea and perception.
2007 Design 4 Science, Touring show, Sunderland and Stockholm, Nobel Museum.
2006 Views of Order, Musee Attellier Du Verre, Sars Poteries, France.
2005 Wheel and Water Grind and Edge, National Glass Centre, Sunderland.
2004 British Glass Biennale, Dudley, West Midlands.
2004 Solo Show, Clara Scremini Gallery, Paris.
2003 Jerwood Applied Arts Prize, Crafts Council, London
2003 Density and Light, Hanna Peschar Sculpture Garden, Surrey.
2002 SOFA Chicago USA (represented by the Scottish Gallery).
2002 Scottish Gallery at Artisan, Edinburgh
2002 9 by 9. Glass Art Gallery (Peter Layton). London.
2001 4th Hsin-Chu International Glass Art Festival and Symposium, Hsin-Chu Municipal Glass Museum, Hsin-Chu, Taiwan.
2000 Millennium Surroundings, National Glass Centre, Sunderland.
1999 Global Glass Art. Borngholm Castle, Sweden.
1999 New Glass Economy, Shanghai.
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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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