Living with Glass
An exhibition of new glass for interiors is currently on show at Vessel in Notting Hill (until 29 October)
Living with Glass showcases work by 15 Contemporary Glass Society (CGS) members selected by Vessel gallery director Angel Monzon. The idea is to show that glass is not just something to be put on the mantelpiece, but can be used in a huge variety of ways in the home. So there are lights on show, wall-mounted work and screens as well as more straight forward sculptural pieces. The works have all been made specifically for the exhibition, often with Monzon actively involved in the commissioning process.
There are some intriguing pieces, with standout ones including illustrator and guilder Frances Federer’s glass screen The Bed of Crimson Joy. Using traditional techniques and referencing historical Japanese imagery, it’s a highly unexpected piece, full of the colour and graphic design qualities you normally associate with prints rather than glass. Also on show is Cathryn Shilling’s clever Glasswork Quilt, a rectangular sculpture made up of a patchwork of delicate glass panels ‘woven’ out of individual glass rods; an internal lighting system highlights just how technically complex this piece is. Other names to look out for are Simon Moore, Anthony Harris and Kate Maestri.