James Maclachlan

I am a glass artist. I make work ranging from sculptural vessels to one-off installation pieces. My inspiration is drawn from the inherent beauty of glass in its molten state. On this basis, I have developed my own making methods through the appropriation of traditional processes to express the material quality. Lost-wax casting is adopted to capture a moment when molten liquid solidifies, creating objects where structure and decoration are one.

When I first saw glass being blown, I was struck by its fluidity and energy and resolved to create work that mirrored these characteristics. Behind the technique and the artistic expression, there is a desire to question perceptions of value, luxury and, indeed, beauty. The natural attributes of glass are often suffocated by design and the making process, rather than becoming part of the object. It is my aim to allow the material to speak for itself. 

My work is designed to appeal to the senses, both in terms of creating something that is tactile and bewildering, yet also seeming wholly appropriate in terms of its application - the question: ‘Is it glass?’ is a frequent response. The application of colour to my work also helps to reveal a side to the material that is rich and sensual in both visual and physical terms.

  1979 Luton UK

2002-2004 MA Ceramics and Glass, Royal College of Art
1998-2001 BA (Hons) 3-D Design: Ceramics, 1st Degree, Bath Spa University

Selected awards
2008 Winner – ‘Thomas Lyte Modern Heritage Award’
2006 Arts Council Grants for the Arts Award, for participation at Origin 2006
2005 ‘Next Move, two years placement at Falmouth University College, in association with the Crafts Council
2004 ‘Drawing with Glass’, Collaboration with Carlo Moretti, Murano, Venice, Italy

Selected recent exhibitions
2008 ‘Christmas Mix’, Lemon Street Gallery, Truro
‘Thomas Lyte Modern Heritage Award Showcase’, Canary Wharf & Origin, London
2007 ‘Light’, Crafts Council Showcase, Cookbook Café, InterContinental London Park Lane
‘Christmas Mix’, Lemon Street Gallery, Truro, Cornwall
2007 Christmas Exhibition, The Craft and Design Gallery, Leeds
‘Luxury British Products Showcase’, British Embassy, Dubai
‘Hidden Art Curated’, Godolphin House, Cornwall
Crafts Council Showcase, National Glass Centre, Sunderland
'Avantcraft', Centro de Artesana e Deseno, Spain
(Touring Exhibition)
Sarah Wiseman Gallery, Oxford
'Get Fresh', Devon Guild of Craftsmen, Devon
2006 'Origin', Somerset House, London
'Liquid Light', Frome, Somerset
'Nowadays', Sarah Wiseman Gallery, Oxford
'Hiddenart Curated', Godolphin House, Cornwall
'Salone Satellite', Milan
'Talente 06', Munich
2005 'Hiddenart at Salt', The Salt Gallery, Cornwall.
'Chelsea Crafts Fair', London
'Heal's Discovers', Heal's Department Store, London.
'Sense & Sensuality', Blindart, Royal College of Art, London
'Design UK Selection 04', Gainsborough Studios, London

Selected publications
2007 ‘Craft’ Magazine
‘Cornwall Today’
2006 ‘Brides in Cornwall’
‘Grand Designs Magazine’
‘Inside Cornwall’
Financial Times






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