Monthly Archives: May 2011

RSA Residency with Jessica Ramm

For the last two weeks Jessica Ramm has been here at North Lands for the beginning of her RSA Residency. Her first week was spent with mentor and excellent tutor Carrie Fertig.

Jess sums up her stay at North Lands:   “I’ve had a fantastic two weeks at North Lands Creative Glass. With the help of Carrie’s expert eye and tireless encouragement I feel that a whole new world has opened up in front of me. I have been kept spellbound from start to finish. Thanks to the RSA for making this residency possible and to all the inspirational people I have met throughout my stay.”

Carrie describes her week:   “I have just spent a perfect week teaching flameworking to Jessica Ramm, an artist whose work I first encountered and was totally captivated by at the RSA New Contemporaries show in Edinburgh in 2010. One student, who couldn’t be more eager to learn as much technique as possible in five days, in the idyllic and ideal environment that is North Lands Creative Glass, with their multi-talented technician, Michael Bullen, equals the dream teaching situation. Ramms work is sculptural kinetic machines and her winning proposal for the RSA Residencies for Scotland was to learn to make lightbulbs as components of a new work. No small ask for someone with no previous glass experience! Not only a gifted artist but a gifted learner as well, it was a thrill to see someone progress so quickly in a set of skills that are not easy. I enjoyed this experience immensely and cannot wait to see what Jessica Ramm will do with these new skills. I’m sure it will be entrancing!”

Jess will be back for a further two weeks later in the year and we’re looking forward to her return.

More Photos here at the North Lands Flickr Stream.

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‘….when the sea is everywhere….’

this exhibition of paintings and glass by Meg Telfer continues until 30 May, open Monday to Friday 10am to 4pm.

Meg is one of four artists who took part in North Lands’ first mixed-media residency in Nov/Dec 201o. The glass pieces featured in the exhibition were all created during the residency and include painted glass, and painted and fused glass panels.

Meg describes her exhibited paintings ” all based on the amazing winter horizons and the harbour and shore at and around Lybster during the worst (winter) snow for years”

A recurring theme for Meg is Whaligoe Steps which she calls  ‘an ongoing source of inspiration’

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A Passion for Glass

Don’t miss A Passion for Glass forthcoming National Museum of Scotland exhibition featuring works from the private collection of North Lands Directors Alan J Poole and the late Dan Klein.

20 May 2011 – 11 September 2011

National Museum of Scotland, Chambers Street, Edinburgh

Admission: FREE

A dazzling selection of work from one of the most comprehensive collections of modern glass by artists from across the globe is set to go on display at the National Museum of Scotland. The exhibition A Passion for Glass, opens on Friday 20 May.

The works form part of a collection of modern glass recently gifted to National Museums Scotland by Alan J Poole and the late Dan Klein, world authorities in the field of 20th century studio glass. The studio glass movement began in the mid 20th century following the development of small-scale furnaces that enabled makers to create individual pieces in a studio environment rather than a factory.  Dan and Alan were instrumental in setting up North Lands Creative Glass – an internationally recognised centre of excellence established in Lybster, near Caithness in 1996 to stimulate a growing interest in the possibilities of glass as an art form.

The entire collection comprises over 250 pieces and 140 objects from over 100 different makers will be shown as part of the exhibition – the first time that objects from this former private collection will be shown to the public.  All of the makers were living and working in the UK or Ireland when their work was acquired.

The objects on display in A Passion for Glass span more than four decades, from the 1960s up to 2009 and show the changes in styles and techniques over that time.  The exhibition will also use a number of the objects on show to explain many of the processes involved in studio glass-making, from pâte de verre and blown glass to engraved and cast glass.

Rose Watban, Senior Curator, Applied Art and Design at National Museums Scotland said;

“Dan and Alan had strong links with Scotland so we were delighted when we heard of their intention to donate their private collection to National Museums Scotland.  This is a collection of great international significance and includes some exquisite works by a raft of exceptionally gifted makers from across the world.  We’re confident that our visitors will enjoy the first showing of these beautiful works.”

The exhibition is supported by the Patrons of National Museums Scotland.

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A fond farewell and thanks to our hot glass artists: Edison Zapata, Holly Grace, Clayton Hufford and Veronika Beckh, who finish their residency this weekend. It’s been a very productive 6 weeks, and a great experience for everyone. It’s been fun having the artists around and seeing their work develop. We hope they’ve enjoyed their time here at North Lands, they’ve certainly been lucky with the weather!

This video was made for the ‘No Boundaries’ exhibition and shows the artists at work in the Studio.

Here are some pictures from the exhibition

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‘No Boundaries’

Our hot glass Artists in Residence have been with us since the end of March and have been making great use of their time in Caithness.  ‘No Boundaries’, an exhibition of their work in progress, opens tonight 6.30-8.00pm and continues through Thursday 5 and Friday 6 May, 10.00am – 4.00pm. The exhibition is taking place in our Alastair Pilkington Studio.

Artists (l-r):

Edison Zapata (Colombia), Holly Grace (Australia), Clayton Hufford (USA), Veronika Beckh (Germany)

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