AN eclectic mix of glass in all shapes, styles and sizes feature in the latest free exhibition at The York Mill Boiler Room Gallery.
Running from December 4 to 29, Glass Eclectica focuses on a range of works from leading Perth glass sculpture artist Greg Ash, highlighting the wonders of glass and what can be achieved with the form.
The exhibition contains an assortment of the Mount Lawley resident’s dichroic jewellery, sculptures, slumped functional pieces and wall hangings.
Dichroic glass contains multiple micro-layers of metals or oxides that create different colours, depending on the angle when it is viewed.
“My recent works have evolved around the WA landscape with its incredible light, form and space,” Ash said. “I seem to be attracted to layers of colour and movement.
“The larger fused and slumped pieces are taken from places I've been and photographed while the dichroic jewellery is a challenge for me to produce different work.
“With so much of it around, I have taken it in new directions to give it recognition.
“It’s even more rewarding when it’s layered, giving much greater complexity than many believe possible.”
With teaching qualifications from Edith Cowan University (with an emphasis on art), Ash also studied fabrics and textiles, printmaking and silk-screening before discovering glass.
He learnt to create leadlight glass at TAFE in the late 1980s but it was a 2003 Ausglass conference in Perth that led to his current career path.
Ash attended an “advanced fusing course” despite not knowing how to fuse glass other than a quick read of a book.
He took a basic course five months later and did a series of workshops with master glass practitioners from Australia and around the world.
“I’ve always been interested in art, having done fabrics, textiles and printmaking as my minor at uni,” he said. “I even made seven leadlight windows for my Mount Lawley home in the early 1990s.
“I like to experiment with numerous styles, shapes and methods using glass and there are always two or three styles I’m developing at any one time.
“Along with various types of jewellery, I also do architectural works for bathrooms and kitchens with mirror surrounds, glass doors and fused windows.
“Anything that can be fused or slumped, I’ll have a go at.”
Now one of WA’s representatives for Ausglass (Association of Australian Glass Artists), Ash’s piece Hamersley Gorge was featured on ABC-TV’s Collectors program during the 2009 Ausglass national exhibition in Hobart.
The York Mill Managing Director John Langton noted: “We continue to find Greg’s work absolutely captivating, especially his slumped glass sculpture pieces.
“They have intriguing form and play with the light is the most visual of ways.”
Glass Eclectica is on show 11am to 2pm, Wednesday to Friday, and 10am to 3pm, Saturday and Sunday, from December 4 to 29 in the Boiler Room Gallery. Admission is free.
The York Mill is at 10 Henrietta Street, York. For more details, call 9641 2900 or go to www.theyorkmill.com.au.
A variety of Greg Ash’s glass sculptures, including Psychedelic Protecor and Vanilla Red, will be on show during his exhibition Glass Eclectica at The York Mill Boiler Room Gallery in December.
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