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Cathryn Shilling

Cathryn Shilling

After a career as a Graphic Designer a move to the USA prompted me to pursue a new creative direction. I studied the art and craft of Stained Glass in Connecticut and then on my return to London I began studying and working with both Kiln formed glass and Blown glass. In 2007 I set up my own professional practice. In 2010 I joined the team at London Glassblowing Studio and Gallery as Exhibition Co-ordinator and Curator.

My years in graphic design allowed me to develop skills in a wide range of creative processes and products and the move to glass seemed natural and spontaneous. I have always found glass a fascinating and seductive material and in my practice I love to explore the fluidity of glass as a liquid, its sculptural quality as a solid as well as its transparency.

Kiln formed glass is the perfect medium for my work allowing me to produce pieces that explore the sculptural quality of glass. Hot Glass however allows me to investigate glass further and work in a more immediate and direct way with my chosen material, drawing inspiration from its molten state.

Through my blown work I like to investigate the interplay between the different techniques of kiln formed and hot glass and so these pieces are made by incorporating pre-fused components either directly into blown glass or as elements in composite works.

For glass is the perfect medium, giving me creative and technical freedom and enabling me to produce something tactile, tangible and enduring, which I hope will give as much pleasure to the viewer, as it has to its maker.

Photo Credit: Ester Segarra

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