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Preparing for the Art of Glass exhibition at National Museum of Scotland.

In the studio with four Scotland-based artists

The Art of Glass exhibition (6 Apr - 16 Sep 2018) featured ground-breaking works utilising everything from neon to stained glass.

The glass artists worked with glass in a variety of ways, whether manipulating it in a hot glass studio, casting it in a kiln or using new technologies such as waterjet cutting and 3D printing.

The artists featured in #ArtofGlassExhibition are based around the UK, working from both isolated rural studios and busy urban locations.

Pinkie Maclure, detail from Beauty Tricks, 2018, stained glass.

Pinkie Maclure

Perthshire-based Pinkie Maclure began working with glass almost by accident. Her partner was working as a self-employed stained glass window maker, mainly restoring Victorian windows. He asked if she could help him out.

For #ArtofGlassExhibition, she has created Beauty Tricks, which critiques the human and environmental impact of the beauty industry and the pressure women sometimes place on themselves and their daughters.

Geoffrey Mann, work in progress for The Leith Pattern, 2018.

Geoffrey Mann

Geoffrey Mann was one of the first glass artists in the UK to introduce digital technology into his practice.

For #ArtofGlassExhibition, he has created The Leith Pattern, which explores the myth that the archetypal wine bottle originated in Leith.

Karlyn Sutherland, Harbour Road, Lybster (4), 2018, fused glass.

Karlyn Sutherland

While undertaking a PhD in Architecture, Karlyn Sutherland’s research into the emotional power of place led her back home to Caithness.

Based in Lybster, she is influenced by the quality of light in the area. The piece she created for #ArtofGlassExhibition draws on a memory of looking into a mirror within the house she grew up in, and seeing the reflection of the harbour in reverse and imagining what it might be like to live in that other world.

Harry Morgan installing, Dichotomy I, 2017 & Dichotomy II, 2018, concrete, glass.

Harry Morgan

Harry Morgan’s work is known for its unusual use of materials and experimental approach to traditional processes.

Referencing both ancient Venetian glassblowing and Brutalist architecture, he has created two pieces for #ArtofGlassExhibition - Dichotomy I and II – that contradicts our assumed perception on the fragility of glass.

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