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Catriona MacKenzie

Glass is an extraordinary material to work with.  Its special qualities make it beautiful, exciting and unique.  The inspiration for my work derives from these qualities. Through the exploration of glass as a sculptural material various themes have evolved.

I would describe my style as graphic and fun. I like to play with the glass and the layering properties it encourages.  By playing with layers of colour, pattern and surface carving, I produce tactile pieces of glass.  I employ hot glass techniques and cold worked decoration in order to achieve this.

I love the idea of opposites. This consists of the development of form; colour; transparency; pattern and texture. I am also interested in the concept that touch is comforting, and I tend to choose texturised vibrant colour combinations that attract the eye and lift the heart.

One of the great qualities of glass is transparency. By the juxtaposition of clear and layers of colour I am able to create 3D spaces within each form. The external carving creates a window into the inner worlds I create in each piece.

My love of glass started while I was studying at Edinburgh College of Art.  I was then chosen on merit to attend Alfred University, New York State for 5 months as a exchange student.  In 2006 I then decided to develop my skills by completing a Post-graduate diploma, at the skill-based International Glass Centre, Brierley Hill.  Since completing my education I have been working on various aspects of my glass career.  I have also widened my skills into silver-smithing and lampworked glass.

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