Glass as Material and Medium

  • Online event
  • Wednesday, 9 March 2022
  • Live panel discussion, starting at 6pm. With curator Dr Clare O'Dowd and artists Luke Jerram, Elliot Walker and Emma Woffenden. Programmed alongside the exhibition A State of Matter.

Find out about the practicalities and challenges of making sculpture in glass from three of the artists in our exhibition A State of Matter: Modern & Contemporary Glass Sculpture. Featuring artists Luke Jerram, Elliot Walker and Emma Woffenden, chaired by Dr Clare O’Dowd (Curator of A State of Matter).

The artists consider the creative possibilities the medium presents, its aesthetic potential and questions of the decorative, as well as providing insights into their very distinctive practices and processes.

About the artists

Luke Jerram's multidisciplinary practice involves the creation of sculptures, installations, live arts projects and gifts. Living in the UK but working internationally since his career began in 1997, Jerram has created a number of extraordinary art projects which have excited and inspired people around the globe.

Elliot Walker began his practice in 2007 as a hobbyist creating stained glass windows. He subsequently trained in Glass-making and Design at Dudley College of Technology. He went on to gain an MA from the University of Wolverhampton, before spending eight years working at London Glassblowing with Peter Layton. In 2021 Walker won the Netflix glassblowing competition Blown Away. Walker uses traditional glassmaking techniques – including sculpting in molten glass, known as the massello technique - to develop his personal sculptural language.

Emma Woffenden is trained in and has experimented extensively with glass-making techniques. She studied at the Royal College of Art 1992-1993 and in Farnham 1981-84. In 1994 she established a glass studio supported by a Crafts Council grant and was awarded the Arts Foundation Fellowship 1997. Woffenden exhibits and lectures internationally and her work is represented in over 25 public collections in the USA and Europe. Public collections holding her work include the Victoria & Albert Museum, the Welcome Trust and the Crafts Council collection in London, the National museum of Scotland, Shanghai Glass Museum and Museum of Modern Art New York.

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