Bruno Romanelli


My current works do not fall easily into any particular category or genre of work, though they might best be described as abstract/sculptural vessels. I use the vessel as a way to enter the work, a starting point if you like, but the vessel also acts as a metaphor for the container of ideas. They begin life from the most fundamental shape, the circle, and are grown from this into complex assemblies of cylinders and cones. Every form is derived from the circle, and it’s this simplicity in essence that allows the complexity of design without making the piece too complicated visually. Each piece is an exploration of the relationships between form, colour and material. I’m interested in surface, body, volume and space and how all the individual elements work within the piece and as a whole in the space it occupies. I am seeking the perfect combination of these elements to create a harmony in my work that resonates with energy.

Education
1993-95 M.A (RCA) Glass & Ceramics, Royal College of Art
1988-91 B.A (Hons) Glass Design Staffordshire Polytechnic

Awards
2008 Bombay Sapphire Prize for Glass, Short-listed
2007 Glass Sellers Prize, Short-listed
1996 Crafts Council Setting Up Grant
1995 ‘Glass Of ‘95’ First Prize Winner

Solo Exhibitions
2004 Rufford Craft Centre, Nottingham
2003 Clara Scremini Gallery, Paris
1998 Clara Scremini Gallery, Paris
1996 Clara Scremini Gallery, Paris
1995 Galerie L, Hamburg, Germany

Group Exhibitions
2008 Clare Beck at Adrian Sassoon, TEFAF, Maastricht, Netherlands Clare Beck at Adrian Sassoon, Collect, V&A, London
2007 Adrian Sassoon, International Art & Design Fair, NYC2007 Side by Side, Bovey Tracey, England
2007 I-Spy, River house Arts Centre, Walton-On-Thames,
40 yrs of The Royal College of Art’, Dan Klein Associates at Collect
Clare Beck at Adrian Sassoon, Collect, V&A, London
2006 Cobourg Glass Prize, Cobourg, Germany
Adrian Sassoon, International Art & Design Fair, New York2006
International Festival of Glass, Dudley,
Clare Beck at Adrian Sassoon, Collect, V & A, London

Commissions
2006-2008 Orange sponsored award for BAFTA’s Rising Star
2005 Shipley Art Gallery, Holding Collection
2001 Broad field House Glass Museum, Millennium Commission
1998 Tip Sheet “Triumph’ Awards For Music, Record of the Year
1995 V&A Museum, Glass Gallery Sign Letters

Collections
Victoria & Albert Museum, London
RPG Foundation, India
Dan Klein & Alan J Poole (Private Collection), London
Broad field House Glass Museum, Dudley,
Crafts Council, London
Shipley Art Gallery, UK
National Museum Of Wales, Cardiff
McManus Galleries, Dundee,
Museum of Decorative Arts, Montreal, Canada

Publications
2007 Crafts, May/June
2006 Neues Glas 2/06 Adrian Sassoon, Contemporary British Glass
2005 New Glass Review Craft Arts International 64
2003 Contemporary Collecting @ Shipley Art Gallery
2002 Studio Glass 1960-2000, Graham McClaren, Shire

Exhibitions

Archive

2008

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