Deborah Fladgate

“In the summer of 1979 I graduated from West Surrey College of Art and Design and took part in the first exhibition of my glass. Thirty years on the ‘glass scene’ has changed  greatly but I feel that my work, while outwardly appearing very different, still retains the essential qualities I set out to explore thirty years ago.

There are always concerns each piece has to fulfil - the weight, the balance, the surface qualities and the way light is captured in the glass. Scale has never been a distraction - my pieces are more intimate objects to be not just looked at but looked into.

Three decades on, whatever the idea or theme, my work still has the same core values -  integrity to the material and quality of craftsmanship.”

Born 1957 in Nicosia, Cyprus

1980-1982 Royal College of Art MA RCA Glass
1975-1979 West Surrey College of Art and Design BA (Hons) Ceramics

Professional Experience
1984-1986 Visiting Lecturer West Surrey College of Art and Design
1983-1984 Visiting Lecturer Royal College of Art
1983 Visiting Lecturer Sunderland Polytechnic
1982-1985 Part-time Lecturer Buckinghamshire College of Higher Education
1979-1980 Part-time Lecturer Buckinghamshire College of Higher Education

2005 Short-listed for Worshipful Company of Glass Sellers’ Award

2008 ‘Objects of Contemplation’ Djanogly Gallery, Lakeside Arts Centre, Nottingham
2007 International Curators’ Visit to Roger Billcliffe Gallery, Glasgow
2006 Design Collection 2006, Roger Billcliffe Gallery, Glasgow
2006 New Glass’ 06, Cowdy Gallery, Newent, Glos.
2006 British Glass Biennale, Ruskin Glass Centre, Amblecote, West Midlands
2006 Coburg Glass Prize 2006, Coburg, Germany
2006 A Cut Above, Scottish Gallery, Edinburgh
2005 Glass Sellers’ Award 2005, The Glass Art Gallery, London
2004 Scottish Glass Society 25th Annual Exhibition, Dundas Street Gallery, Edinburgh
2004 British Glass Biennale, Ruskin Centre, Amblecote, West Midlands
2004 10th Anniversary Exhibition, Strathearn Gallery, Crieff
2004 The London Art Fair

2000 Anglo American plc. Art Collection, London
1998 Victoria and Albert Museum, Contemporary Glass Collection, London

Jennifer Hawkins Opie, review of Glass Sellers’ Prize 2006 Exhibition. Crafts Magazine No. 198 Jan/Feb 2006
‘Contemporary International Glass-60 Artists in the V&A’ Jennifer Hawkins Opie. V&A Publications 2004
‘Out of Darkness…’ Introduction by Professor Andrew Brewerton. Catalogue for the British Glass Biennale 2004





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