Q&A Glass Artist Michelle Keeling

What is your practice? materials? processes?

I make kiln formed glass interior accessories, wall panels and jewellery. I work with flat glass into which I add metal oxides and metal leaf to create patterns trapped within the layers.

I love the randomness of the materials I use, as although I can direct where I put the oxides and leaf, what specific patterns they create are left to the kiln and the metal’s reaction once heated. Once the flat panels are created, sometimes the work goes back into the kiln to slump into a shape, or I polish the edges to create facets which play with the optical qualities of the glass.

What 5 words best describe your work?

Shape; Form; Refraction; Series, Polished

Polished and Faceted Range_Pendant Opaque Oxide Range_Pendant-2

Do you have any design heroes?

I’m not sure I have design heroes, but someone who’s work I admire is Richard Serra. I love the aesthetic of many Czech glass artists, in particular Zoltan Bohus was a huge inspiration when I first started with glass.

Where is your studio? Pictures?
I have worked from my parent’s garage in Flixton for 7 years. However I go to various studios to hire polishing facilities and am currently looking for a studio space (with some natural light!) with another glass maker. My work has outgrown the garage over the years, and I spend a bit too much time moving things to make room to make things!

Sandblasting3 7_Polishing with cerium on felt wheel

Describe in 10 words a typical day in your studio

Plasters; Dust Mask; Protective Visor; Wellies; Ear Defenders; Apron; Glamour!

Are you working on anything unusual at the moment?

I have done some designs for a couple who are doing a bit of a ‘Grand Designs’ type build. They have a huge wall in their new atrium, standing metres high and want a signature piece for it.

What are you selling at the Christmas Bazaar? Anything new?

I will be selling a range of my smaller scale interior accessories alongside my jewellery and Christmas ranges.

Tell us something we don’t know
The largest commission I have worked on was 31 glass panels which sat together to create a 5 metre by 1.5 metre artwork for a water company’s reception area.

http://www.michellekeelingglass.com

Ester Segarra

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