Effie Burns


I spent part of my childhood living in a museum. Since that time I have been fascinated by how things are protected, curated and displayed. This series of work using antique and hand made glass domes explores themes that have been an important part of my practice for the past ten years.

The ‘Undercover Series’ uses a combination of cast and polished glass, engraving and lamp working. Each dome contains a miniature landscape that leaves room for the imagination of the viewer. I am also very interested in the symbolism of shapes. My inspiration is taken from a diverse range of things from Jacobean textiles and hand embroidered linens which feature in this series to illuminated manuscripts. Fairy tales are another influence in my work. I am particularly interested in things not being what they seem. I have cast real broccoli to make the trees in one dome.

I enjoy making work that can be viewed repeatedly and still reveal something new. I have also played with the way glass works with light and some of the magical details that can be created.

Education 
1997-98
 University of Sunderland, M.A. Art in Context.
1993-96  University of Sunderland, BA (hons) 3D Design (Glass with ceramics)

Awards
2006
  CABE award, working in collaboration with other members of Cobalt on PROJECT. We looked at the feasibility of realising a ‘repeatable box, plug-in living extension’ as a discreet, modern living space fitted within traditional Victorian and Edwardian housing in Newcastle upon Tyne.

Exhibitions
2009
  ‘Cobalt @ Cobalt’, I co curated this show of featuring   blue work by a range of designer makers from Paul   Scott to Bridget Jones.
2009  I curated ‘Print + Architecture’ at the Designed &    Made Gallery, Newcastle upon Tyne. One of a series   of exhibitions that was part of the Northern Print    Biennale.
2008  ‘Made North’, part of Design Event 2008, Designed &   Made gallery.
2005  ‘Surface, Structure, Shape’, Axis Gallery, Tokyo,    curated by the Crafts Council.
2004  ‘New Glass’, Queen’s Hall, Hexham 
2003  ‘Convergence's/Divergence's’, Salle Attane, Saint-Yrieux la- Peche, France.
2003  Temporary installation, Bessie Surtees House,    Newcastle upon Tyne.
2003  ‘Ever Changing Light’, installation at Crook Hall and   gardens, Durham.
2003  ‘Blast!’, The Cork Street Gallery, London
2002  Solo show ‘Sacred Geometry’, Centre Culturel, Saint-  Yrieux-la-Peche, France
2002  ‘A Work of Art in Itself’, Bury Art Gallery, Manchester
2000  Solo show, Saltburn
1996  Venezia Aperto Vetro, International New Glass,    Murano, Venice.

Commissions
2010
 Roseberry Park, a series of hand screen printed glass panels for a hospital.
2009  I was commissioned by Newcastle University to make a sculpture for Lord Patten.
2008  Gateshead College, a series of window blocks looking at mapping for the new campus on the Baltic Quays. Architect: Red Box.
2006  Flagg Court, working in collaboration with Sue Woolhouse to create a series of glass and metal screens for the interior courtyards of a healthcare centre in South Shields.
2006  Museum of My Life, a collaboration with a writer and a museum collection.
Working in collaboration with Sue Woolhouse and William Pym to create a pair of cast glass and metal   garden sculptures for an English garden in Japan.
2005  A series of ten glass contemplation panels for the new Surgical Treatment Centre at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Gateshead. They were designed to change the atmosphere of the small surgical treatment rooms in order to reduce the stress levels of patients. Architects Ryder HKS.
2002  Northern Rock Foundation, a series of cast glass window blocks for the balustrade and screen wall of a converted church. Architect: Mura Mullan, JDDK Architects. The building was opened to the public as part of Architecture Week.
2002  Inland Revenue, seven cast glass sculptures based on the ground plans of historic Northumbrian castles   set on brushed stainless steel plinths and lit from underneath, for one of the largest office complexes in Europe.
1998-2000  The Curtis House, a series of twelve cast glass window blocks, for a house converted from an electrical sub station. It was part of the first series of Grand Designs. Architect: Charles Greenall GWK Architects.

 

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