"I love that glass is a contradiction!
Sometimes transparent .... magnifing .... distorting ....
Fragile and hard
Cold but worked by fire.
Glass can be formed to impersonate, ground and polished with angles, or morphed into fluid energy and soul.
Glass has been revered as fuctional, but is a dynamic medium for the artist to apply a myriad of techniques. ( pate d verre, casting, blowing, coldworking, flame working, painting, kiln working ...)
The biggest challenge is the endless posibilities!
I hope you enjoy my flame worked glass."
All my best
Working out of her studio in the South West of England, Rowan's work enjoys the movement that is found in form. Lampworking or Flame working the glass within the flame of a very hot torch she blends a wonderful palate of colour and teases the sculpture into being. Rowan's work includes small studies of the human figure, delicate and intricately detailed flowers, symbolic plants and fruits, birds, and other flora, fauna themes.
Her work has exhibited in England, USA, Japan and Luxembourg. Of note Rowan's work has exhibited at the British Glass Biennale, at London Glassblowing, at Glastonbury Abbey. She was awarded "Best in Show" in 2012 for her Medallion in a Contemporary Glass Society exhibit. More details on Rowan's exhibits can be seen on her CV.
I express my observations through glass rather than the written word.
My work is essentially expressions of my imagination. I strive to capture the emotion, movement, colour and vitality of forms, rather than an exact replication.
My work is detailed, and I hope evocative.
I am fascinated by the polarities in nature: dissonance versus harmony, man versus nature, the yin and yang of our natural world.
Glass is a feminine material. Sensually offering polarities by its nature, magnifying or distorting, illuminating or obscuring, being both functional and strong or delicate and fragile.
Influences include the powerful beauty of nature and its soft feminine strength that lies quietly and reclaims its place, like Sleeping Beauty.
I draw upon references to nature that are reflected in literary works such as Keats' " La Belle Dame sans Merci" or Shakespeare's "Hamlet".
We as humans strive to control, organise, form and manipulate all that we come in contact with, but when thwarted by circumstances, nature prevails and it is feminine, strong and beautiful.