Artist

47th

One of the pleasures of my work is in finding the artistic potential in an familiar, unassuming, everyday object or form.

One autumn day a year or two ago I was perched up in our old bramley apple tree, pruning it. Bramley is an English favourite, a big tart apple, not good for eating but delicious .....

One of the pleasures of my work is in finding the artistic potential in an familiar, unassuming, everyday object or form.

One autumn day a year or two ago I was perched up in our old bramley apple tree, pruning it. Bramley is an English favourite, a big tart apple, not good for eating but delicious for cooking. We planted the tree years ago and it grew into a sizeable mature tree.

Anyhow, as I spent a few chilly hours up in the tree pruning the excess growth, I started wondering if the pruned branches could be the basis for a work in glass. My lost wax casting in optical glass uses found objects as the starting point. I thought it through as I was pruning, and then collected the branches and took them into the studio. When they were gathered together and moulded in silicone, they found new life in a group of works ‘Pruning the Bramley’. The work appears abstract as first sight, but on closer looking is a figurative cast of the prunings.

A similar thing happened on my drive into work. I pass a small farm that grows vegetables and flowers that they sell in their farm shop. One year they had a field of sunflowers. We enjoyed having big bunches of the vibrant flowers around the house that summer. Come autumn, when the flowers were past their best and the seed heads formed, I asked if I could harvest some. For a few pounds I loaded up the back of my car with a good haul of magnificent seed heads, the size of dinner plates, and leaves. I love the Fibonacci sequence of the pattern. These moulded in plaster, silicone and wax became a series ‘Still Life with Sunflowers’

These works can be seen on my website. Colin Reid March 2019

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Habatat Glass invites you to celebrate the
47th year of our International Glass Exhibition.

We are extremely proud to have founded the oldest and largest annual glass exhibition in the world.
Grand Opening: Saturday, May 4th at 8:00pm | Exhibition: May 4th – July 5th