“Glass is so rich in possibilities – transparent, opaque, translucent, invisible, smooth, glossy, textured. As a vehicle for colour it is matchless.” Rachael Woodman
Apart from bells striking or pealing, the word chime has other pleasing connotations, such as to blend, co-ordinate or complement. In deciding on this title, we considered the latter meaning of chime, whilst the word itself also has a pleasing ring to it.
Some of the exhibitors have worked together in the past, or collaborated to produce the pieces for this show. In other cases there is a commonality of theme, as in taking a painterly approach to the medium, or shared subject matter, such as conveying an impression of landscape. Other more sculptural objects, expressed in a variety of styles, chime by virtue of the material and conceptual qualities they reveal and share.
Chime also refers to the continuity of theme, of one artist’s style resonating sympathetically with another’s, creating a harmony. It is these harmonic threads which bind together the work of the artists in this exhibition.
Bruno Romanelli uses ‘the principles of form, colour and light in a quest to achieve the perfect combination of these three fundamental elements’.
Neil Wilkin and Crispian Heath approach glass from two very different directions, in order to create elegant forms based on the natural world and Rachael Woodman has worked extensively with Neil Wilkin over many years.
For Charlie McPherson and Phil Vickery, the blown form is just the starting point. Through cutting and polishing, they both reveal hidden qualities of the piece within.
The coming together in collaboration of Peter Layton, Bruno Romanelli, and Wrightson & Platt represents the very essence of ‘Chime’. The marriage of three separate disciplines; bronze sculpture, cast glass, and blown glass in a synergy of form, resulting in the creation of a piece greater than the sum of its parts.
This is an exceptional opportunity to see fine new works by some of the UK's leading glass artists, together with pieces by some of our most talented emerging artists.
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, the lead image is a detail of Deimos by Bruno Romanelli.