Q&A Catherine Mahe

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What is your practice? tell us how you became an artist maker and materials you use etc

I have been working with kilnformed glass for more than 4 years, a medium I discovered by chance when I was exploring mixed media mosaic work. I was determined to make my own glass inserts and bought a cheap and tiny kiln with no temperature control! I was hooked nonetheless and have since bought a couple of ”proper’ kiln and developed my skills and technique in order to make the most of the fantastic and versatile medium which is glass. I only use Bullseye glass as it is of premier quality, offers a wide range of colours and can withstand multiple firings.

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What 5 words best describe your work?

Colourful, patterned, distinctive, funky, vibrant

Do you have any art or design heroes?

I am a big fan of Amanda Simmons, a British artist who specialises in kiln formed glass vessels using glass powders to create colour and pattern. Another great glass artist whom I have admired ever since I discovered the medium is the German born Australian kilnformed glass artist Klaus Moje. His work is a feast of colour and beautiful pattern.

Where is your studio?

I have been working from my converted loft for the past four years but I am currently having a studio built in my garden, which I am so excited about!

What 10 words describe a typical day in your studio?

Sketching, colouring, cutting, grinding, assembling, fusing, fire polishing, slumping, coldworking, tidying

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Are you working on anything unusual at the moment? Commissions? New work?

I have started exploring the pattern bar technique which consists of glass strips that are tack-fused together, cut into chunks and fired to make some fascinating patterns. I have enrolled in a three-day course in August in order to learn more about it and its design potential.

Did you exhibit or visit last years SAT?

I visited the Trail and was very impressed by the variety and standard of work. I love the concept and I am really looking forward to being part of such a great event!

What will you be selling at SAT16? Anything new?

I will be selling a range of homeware products ranging from dishes to bowls, vessels, serving sets, candle displays, spoon rests and more. I have recently started designing and creating colourful and versatile spoons.

What venue are you exhibiting at on the trail?

I will be exhibiting with the photographer Anne Earnshaw at her host venue. It is Venue O and ceramicist Nicky Martins will be exhibiting there too.

Tell us something we don’t know

I love the uniqueness of ‘making by hand’ and never make the same item twice -unless requested for a commission.

http://www.cmglassdesigns.com

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