A selection of videos reflecting a broad range of styles and techniques. These give a glimpse of the creative process and are designed as much for the art appreciator as the practitioner. It may be that you will not find all the end results appealing, but we trust that you will enjoy these rare glimpses of artists in action which can give you a fresh appreciation of their skill and dedication and possibly set you off on your own new journey of discovery. See videos by these artists and makers (items in red available now):
- Katharine Coleman – glass engraving using the copper wheel engraving technique. (3 min)
- Jill Fanshawe Kato – a potter at work in her studio. (12 min)
- Jan Sweeney – sculpting a Caracal head in clay. (14 min)
KATHARINE COLEMAN has a vase in our permanent collection depicting ginkgo leaves. Perhaps best known for her copper wheel glass engraving, a challenging technique where the glass is held up to the rotating cutting wheel rather than holding the tool to the glass, Katharine’s work has been exhibited widely in in the UK, Europe, USA, Australia, New Zealand and Japan and can be seen in many public collections including Corning Museum of Glass USA, the V&A in London and the Museum of Modern Glass at Coburg in Germany. She was awarded an MBE for services to glass engraving in 2009.
Trained in copper wheel glass engraving by Peter Dreiser in 1984-7 at Morley College London, Katharine likes to explore the optical properties of glass, to draw the eye beyond the surface, creating illusions of one body floating within another. The rigour and refinement of Japanese design and Japanese respect for natural, ordinary objects continue to inspire her work. She also prefers traditional techniques; lathe-mounted copper, diamond and stone wheels obtain the crispness, textures and fine finish, so much more difficult to achieve with sandblast and drill.
This video, made by Anthony Scala, shows her working on a piece depicting ginkgo leaves and fruit. Nature in Art has a ginkgo tree in its garden and several other items in its collection inspired by the same subject.
She graduated in painting from Chelsea School of Art. Before establishing her own ceramic studio in 1977 she joined the school of potter Yosei Itaka in Japan to study Japanese pottery and later also worked in the studio of potter Ryoji Koie. Her work is widely collected in Japan and is influenced by Japanese ceramic traditions and techniques. Jill has exhibited widely internationally and across the UK. She was a lecturer on the Postgraduate Ceramics Diploma course at Goldsmiths College, London, for 17 years and tutor at Lambeth Institute and Kingsway College. She lectures widely on ceramics, demonstrates and teaches.
Filmed by Paul Vincent, this video shows Jill creating a bowl in her studio. As you watch it you will learn a little about her influences and some of the techniques she employs.
Jan divides her time between her lakeside cottage at Lake Chivero, Zimbabwe, and her house in Somerset, England. Because of this, her work portrays the animals of both the English countryside and the game of the African bush. Her work is instantly recognisable, full of energy, movement and strong texture with trademark hollow eyes. Jan is the author of ‘From Studio to Foundry’ which reveals the ancient art of casting in bronze. In the book Jan demystifies the practice and offers two fantastic projects that will enable the artist to prepare their work for casting at a foundry.
Jan is a very experienced tutor and this video follows her making a life-size caracal head in clay. Though not an instructional video, this film reveals Jan’s way of working and gives art appreciators and practitioners alike a fascinating insight into her technique. Later the head will be cast in bronze, using the techniques described in her book.
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