New work in glass by Magdalene Odundo
'This is an exhilarating work! The swoop and curve travels like a bird's wing. I feel privileged to have seen it. Thank you so much.' Visitor comment, October 2014
Magdalene Odundo is known as one of Britain’s leading artists working in ceramics. In recent years she has explored the potential of glass within her artistic practice, culminating with the installation Transition II, to be shown, for the first time, at National Glass Centre. The installation of one thousand handmade glass forms was developed with the support of James Maskrey, an artist specialising in hot glass and produced in association with Berengo Studio in Murano and Devereux and Huskie Glassworks in Wiltshire. It combines inspiration taken from Ancient Egyptian ear studs, the life sustaining role of the River Nile and the Op Art of Bridget Riley.
My ceramics have always been vehicles for containment; they have been personal statements about what it is to be human. Glass as a material is more illusive. Like a mirage it creates an optical illusion. It is simultaneously transparent and solid, fragile and strong, like water, it is neither here nor there. Magdalene Odundo, 2014
Special Glass Blowing Demonstration / 28 October / 15.00 / Free
James Maskrey demonstrates how the one thousand glass units included in the installation Transition II, were made. Using the Venetian technique called Filigrana, he will demonstrate the complexity and skill behind the creation of these beautiful forms.
I am an Israeli artist based in the UK working primarily in kiln cast glass.
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 practice is interdisciplinary combining drawing, sculpture and film.
Marketing and Communications Coordinator
Sara Jo Harrison joined National Glass Centre in 2012 to support the Centre's marketing and Communications strategy.
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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