Amy Cushing's 'Enlightenment' sculpture is now on display at Chichester Cathedral
Our Maker of the Week is Amy Cushing whose commission 'Enlightenment' was installed at Chichester Cathedral this week. We talk to Amy about what got her into making, what inspires her and her favourite part of the making process.
Who or what got you into making?
I have always created my own work since early childhood so I guess the answer is my mum, who is also an artist. I spent all my spare time drawing, painting or making 3D objects which naturally lead me on to art school where I eventually studied multi-disciplinary Public Art.
Could you please tell us a bit about your work?
I specialise in kiln-formed glass but am interested in the crossover between art, craft, design and the varied applications this technique (kiln-forming) can be used. Most, but not all, of my pieces are commissioned and site-specific. I also create studio pieces which are self-funded and more experimental. These can be purchased via art consultants for corporate spaces or privately through various galleries.
What are your inspirations?
Colour sequence, reflection, light and shadow, mixing and combining materials, geometry, iridescence. And I draw inspiration from painters, architecture, vintage glass, changing skies, gemstones, birds of paradise..
What is your favourite part of the making process?
Opening my kiln to find the rich glossy colour, and or, completing and installing a large piece that has taken months to make, seeing it enhance the space for which it was created.
What are you working on right now?
Experimental work - in particular a brand new hybrid pieces that incorporate many different glass techniques to create sculptural forms. And i am also working on a suspended ceiling sculpture for a private home.