Fleur Tookey

I joined the Glasshouse in 1972, coming from a Post Graduate year at Stourbridge following a Fine Art Degree from Brighton College of Art.
It was a major part of my life for the following 26 years. I enjoyed the opportunity of working with other people, and of having to apply a business approach to an artistic situation. I depended very much on the co-operative spirit, and loved the occasions when things were made in a team.

When The Glasshouse closed in 1998 I continued to make glass, renting studio time from James Watts at Barleylands, in Essex. I had hoped to reduce the amount of time making production pieces and concentrate on new ideas. However in contradiction, I very quickly realised the difficulties of experimenting unless you have your own studio.

I ëdiversifiedí and trained as a TEFL teacher. However I missed both the creative and business challenge, so in 2006 I established a small company using decorative mirrors in gardens, which continues to provide my income.
It is only in the last 12 months that I have revisited glass and have started investigating the possibilities of kiln working, studying part time at Richmond College.

The pieces I am currently working on perhaps reflect my origins as a ëfine artistí. Most of my blown work had a function. Although often tenuous and probably seldom implemented, a practical application was reassuring. Without that edict, the freedom to explore the seductive qualities of the material is both exciting and intimidating.

I am on a new journey.

1971-1972 Postgraduate Year (Glass) Stourbridge College of Art
1968-1971 Diploma AD (Hons) Fine Art, Brighton College of Art
1966-1968 Foundation Course, Herefordshire College of Art

UK Contemporary Applied Arts, London
UK Warwick Arts Trust, London;
Laurimore Gallery, Suffolk;
Castle Museum, Norwich;
Isis Gallery, Harrogate; Oxford Gallery, Oxford
Cowdy Gallery, Newent, Gloucestershire
Aberystwyth Arts Centre (solo artist)
Hugo Barclay, Brighton
Plumbline Gallery, St. Ives
Pyramid Gallery, York
Candover Gallery,Arlesford,Hampshire
Blackwell The Arts and Crafts House,Cumbria
Open Eye Gallery,Edinburgh
Montpellier Gallery, Stratford upon Avon.

Work in Permanent Collections
UK Victoria and Albert Museum,London
Broadfield House,West Midlands
Glasgow Art Gallery, Glasgow
Castle Museum, Norwich
Royal Scottish Museum, Edinburgh
Ulster Museum, Belfast.
GERMANY Kunstammlungen der Veste Coburg, Coburg
USA Corning Glass Museum, Corning, NY.
NEW ZEALAND Otago Museum, Dunedin.

Centenary Collection for the University of North London
Presentation plaques for Debenhams
Presentation Trophies for Glaxowellcome





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