Playing With Glass
PUBLISHED: 14:31 19 August 2010 | UPDATED: 17:44 20 February 2013
Katherine Huskie is a talented young glass maker from Calne whose work is wildly colourfu
Katherines passion for glass started when she was studying for a Foundation diploma in Art and Design at Wiltshire College in Trowbridge. Having realised the possibilities of the medium, and after an initial taster day of blowing, she was hooked.
Glass has such amazing qualities, Katherine ehthuses. You can achieve such wonderful colours and textures. It is also extremely hard work, but if you are willing to train and practise, it is very rewarding.
Katherines work is based around colour and pattern. Her interest in textile patterns has been a strong influence and she tries to incorporate this into her work. One of her new ranges called Tessili is clearly influenced by Italian textiles.
Technically, the work appears complex.
This work is made by using a technique called roll-up where sheet glass is cut to make the desired pattern, and then heated up to allow it to be rolled into a vessel form, she explains. When you are working in a hotshop, it is a really fun experience. As you are working with extremely hot molten glass, there is always an edge of excitement, and when a piece is successful it is exhilarating.
Her strong sense of colour and pattern is evident but she also likes a sense of playfulness to come through in her work too. One of her pieces is called To Play Or Not To Play, which consists of three stacked blown-glass balls, each one a different size. The pieces are not glued so they can be taken apart and played with. However, if they are knocked they will fall over! Although this piece was made with childrens toys in mind, it also challenges the notion of letting your child play with a toy made from glass.
This piece of work was made using Cane,"Katherine explains, which is a technique of getting a large amount of molten glass and stretching it so it becomes a long thin piece. This is then broken down into useable sections, reheated and rolled around a bubble.
Katherine is a huge fan of learning new techniques and loves to push herself to experiment and to learn as much as she possibly can too from those around her. Her aim is to be an artist in residence at a university or art institute where she could share her love of glass making, and she intends to take every opportunity to work with as many different glass makers and designers as possible in order to further her knowledge and understanding of the medium. Having recently exhibited at The British Craft Trade Fair in Harrogate, Grand Designs Live in London and at The Contemporary Craft Fair at Bovey Tracey in Devon, she is very much on her way.
Fancy a go?
The Liquid Glass Centre at Stowford Manor Farm, Wingfield, near Trowbridge, runs short courses in most aspects of glassmaking. 01225 768888, www.liquidglasscentre.co.uk