This exciting exhibition was conceived as a showcase for the
miniature art form of glass beads to run along side the
British Glass Biennale 2008.
Several major internationally renowned glass sculptors were
challenged to try their hands at this tiny scale of work along
with well known and up and coming glass bead artists who will be
presenting their interpretations of
play 'The Tempest' in the form of one sculptural glass bead each.
The small scale of these beautiful little objects belies their
complexity and the skill required to produce them but also makes
them very approachable and some will be on open display so that
their tactile qualities can also be appreciated. They are after
all meant to be able to be worn or carried around on the person.
The theme of
was chosen to link with other events based on the play at the
International Festival of Glass
during which the
British Glass Biennale
was opened, all taking place in Stourbridge, a great historical
centre for glass making.
Photographic interpretations of some of the pieces by
will be shown along side the beads.
aims to draw attention to this delightful form of work and some of
the artists who dedicate themselves to it, blurring the boundaries
between large and small scale work and challenging preconceived
ideas about glass beads by treating them as the highly sculptural
works that they can be.
The form of the glass bead is older than the vessel and just as
valid a canvas. We have ancient glass beads thought to be in
excess of four thousand years old. The beads on show here could
easily also last that long, never diminishing in their permanent
brilliance of colour. The Japanese people have used the ‘ojime’
bead as a tiny art canvas for many centuries. They now make
contemporary glass beads which they call ‘Tombo-dama’ which try to
encapsulate a sense of the cosmos in each small globe.
This is a non
selling exhibition as it will be touring for some time after its
opening in Stourbridge, the first confirmed venue being Creative
Glass In Zurich.