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Connor Garton

After starting my glass career at the age of 17, I have learnt and experienced a lot with and from other glass artists and makers in the hot glass industry. In the last five years I’ve predominantly worked at ‘The National glass centre’ and ‘Stuart Wiltshire glass’ producing glass work for myself and others as well as completing my degree with a 2.1.  Making glass in the hot shop is my Number one inspiration when it comes to developing my artistic practice. The artists that inspire me the most are William Morris, David Reekie, Richard Jolley, Karen Willenbrink- Johnson and Mark Petrovic. These artists are glass sculpting enthusiasts but interpret the material in different ways. Most of these artisans like to produce work that’s very realistic in relation to nature, history and animal figures. These are the areas that I would like to pursue in my glass work. Although the glass making technically is very impressive from these artists, these pieces don’t have a historical reference or aging qualities like William and Richard’s work. I think glass should be used in ways that celebrate its distinctive qualities, rather than just using it as another semi robust sculpting medium. Finally, I think that hand crafts are an important part of building your identity and personality. This in turn is important for the development, growth and awareness of the culture.    

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