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Scottish Glass Society at 40: Celebrating the joys of glass through two exhibitions

In 2019, the Scottish Glass Society turns 40 (and we wish them a very happy birthday, indeed).

They’re celebrating with an exhibition, On the Edge, which was presented at North Lands Creative and is currently on display at the Trades Hall in Glasgow. This juried exhibition features work from 18 artists that show “the diversity of contemporary glass on the theme ‘on the edge’”.

The exhibition was funded by the National Lottery through Creative Scotland’s Open Project Fund, along with North Lands Creative and a number of individual trusts, while curatorial support came from Sarah Rothwell, Curator of Modern & Contemporary Design at the National Museum of Scotland.

Speaking about the exhibition, Rothwell said is is "really reflective of the diversity of glass artists that are based in Scotland."

She adds that the artists involved have created "some really interesting and unusual pieces working across different techniques and processes," noting how they are "capturing interesting narratives from the landscape to the social history of Scotland and experimenting with new processes and recycling."

The artists involved in On the Edge are:

  • Gregory Alliss (Transparent Flow, 2019)
  • Carolyn Basing (Stilled Life (2019)
  • Catherine Carr (Pineapple One - Pewter, 2017)
  • Hannah Gibson (Time and Tide Wait for No Man, 2019)
  • Siobhan Healy (Apothecary, 2019)
  • Jessamy Kelly (Glacial Mind Landscape, 2019)
  • Alison Kinnaird (Storm 2012)
  • Pinkie Maclure (Lament for the Seas on a Great Auk, 2015)
  • Brett Manley (Africa Totem Bowl, 2017)
  • Inge Panneels (Off the Map, 2015)
  • Lauren Puckett (The Containment as Actor II, 2019)
  • Annica Sandstrom and David Kaplan (Twilight, 2018)
  • Cathryn Shilling (Cloaked Clytemnestra and Agamemnon, 2016)
  • Amanda Simmons (Collison Risk (Tern), 2018)
  • Moonju Suh (I Dwell With ____, 2019)
  • Laura Turner (Colour Splatter of Pate de Verde, 2019)
  • Rosheen Young (Frozen Water, 2019).

Also showing at the Trades Hall is Celebration! - an exhibition featuring work from 25 members of the society.

This open exhibition features work from:

  • Carolyn Barlow
  • Ashley Brammer
  • George Browning
  • Elizabeth Cull
  • Junko Eager
  • Judith Ann Glennie
  • Steven Graham
  • Kate Henderson
  • Kirsty Jamieson
  • Alison Jardine
  • Tim Kirman
  • Sharon Le Marinel
  • Catherine Lowe
  • Chris MacCormick
  • Wilma Mackenzie
  • Catherine Macleod
  • Geraldine McSporran
  • Jane Martin
  • Nick Martin
  • Emma Nightingale
  • Ian Pearson
  • Stephen Richard
  • Karen Shakespeare
  • Marta Sienkiewicz Sutherland
  • Rosheen Young
  • Thomas Young

Tim Kirman spoke to us about the event: "it's very flattering and very humbling to be able to produce work and have it accepted for exhibition."

Scottish Glass at 40 - On the Edge and Celebration! is at Trades Hall, Glasgow, until 25 September. Find out more about the Scottish Glass Society at scottishglasssociety.com.

This article was published on 20 Sep 2019