In the early 1970ís had I not accidently discovered The Glasshouse in Covent Garden, with its small gallery and visible workshop behind, I would not otherwise have known that it was possible to personally use hot glass as a means of artistic expression. I immediately enrolled on one of their glassblowing courses.
In 1980 after doing a BA in glass at Stourbridge College of Art and spending two years as Artist in Residence at Royal Brierley Crystal I was invited back to The Glasshouse, now in larger premises in Long Acre. With still very few hot glass studios in existence this was a wonderful opportunity for me to learn and develop my own style as a maker. The Glasshouse had a very well equipped studio for both hot and cold glass working, the gallery in which to exhibit and learn about the sale and promotion of oneís work, plus the support and experience of the established group to draw on. When the time came to move on after five years at the Glasshouse it had given me an excellent foundation on which to build my continuing career in glass.
By 1985 and the formation of Glass Works (London) Ltd, with Simon Moore and Steven Newell, my work encompassed repeatable functional pieces and deeply carved one-off forms with a purely sculptural identity. My work has always been about form and material, and personal involvement in every aspect of the making process. It always starts with the creation of the blown glass form, an essential characteristic of which is that the volume and distribution of the glass should facilitate its transformation through a range of cold working processes to reveal its final form. There came a point when in order to increase the scale and complexity of the pieces I needed to work with a hot glass maker who had more skill and strength than myself, but crucially someone who also understood my style of work and aspirations. In this I have been incredibly fortunate working with such makers as Simon Moore and James Watts both of whom acknowledge the role of Ronnie Wilkinson at The Glasshouse in the development of their skills.
In 1997 I formed my own company, Catherine Hough Glass. Over the years my work has evolved and developed both aesthetically and technically, and since 2003 I have concentrated on non-functional abstract forms that challenge my use of cold working techniques. An example of this is the cut spherical perfume bottles that I first made at The Glasshouse, and a recent series of large hollow spherical forms which are radically carved to reveal their interior space. Through the varied positioning of these forms with no fixed base, or the use of multiple forms, I am exploring the reaction of changing light, reflection, and the inter-relationship of form, line and space.
Born 1948, Bristol
1975–1978 Stourbridge College of Art. BA (Hons)
1968–1972 Cardiff University.
2001 The Adrian Sassoon Award for the Arts Of the Kiln, at Chelsea Crafts Fair
The winning piece was donated to Broadfield House Glass Museum.
2008 London Art Fair – Shown by Clare Beck at Adrian Sassoon, Islington, London.
2007 London Art Fair - Shown by Clare Beck at Adrian Sassoon.
Visual Seduction-Morgan Contemporary Glass Gallery, Pittsburgh, PA. USA.
The Glass Exhibition, Pyramid Gallery, York.
Dartington Designers:Factory Meets Studio-Broadfield House Glass Museum,Kingswinford
International Ceramics Fair, Shown by Clare Beck at Adrian Sassoon, London.
Side by Side-Contemporary Glass Soc. 10th Anniversary Exhibition - Bovey Tracey, Devon.
2006 London Art Fair – Shown by Clare Beck at Adrian Sassoon.
Collect at the V&A. – Shown by Contemporary Applied Arts.
British Glass Biennale – Ruskin Glass Centre, Stourbridge.
2006 Material Forms - Two Person Show at Contemporary Applied Arts, London.
Winter Exhibition - Cowdy Gallery, Newent, Glos.
2005 21ST Century Glass-Daniel Katz Gallery, London. Organized by Dan Klein Associates.
London Art Fair - Shown by Clare Beck at Adrian Sassoon.
Design Collection - Roger Billcliffe Gallery, Glasgow.
21st Anniversary Exhibition – Candover Gallery, Arlesford, Hampshire.
Figure & Form, 2 Person Show with Alison Kinnaird-Church Gallery, Chagford,Devon.
2004 Spring Glass – The Scottish Gallery, Edinburgh
The Mark of the Maker – Eton Applied Arts, Eton
British Glass Biennale – Ruskin Glass Centre, Stourbridge
Victoria & Albert Museum, London
Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge, England.
Crafts Council Collection, London
Broadfield House Glass Museum, West Midlands, England.
Norwich Castle Museum, Norwich, England.
And Museums in N. Ireland, Germany, Sweden and New York.
Dan Klein and Alan J. Poole (Private Collection) London
And many Private Collections in UK and Abroad
- CAA Exhibitions
- Current Exhibition
- Coming Soon