Joseph Harrington

My intention is to harness its movement and transience of ice, within the fluid yet permanent nature of glass. The ice is eroded and sculpted with salt then cast into glass, capturing a moment in time as the ice is melting. This thawing of ice provides a physical time frame to work within, heightening the importance of artistic judgment and decision-making. Inspired by architectural materials and tools, the forms contradict the fluid irregular surface with the strength and stature they evoke. The simplicities of placing one thing on another, creating a sense of balance and again impermanence provides a key role in my work. The placing of the salt on the ice, the glass on the ceramic block or the blocks of ice together.  I have a fascination with turning one thing into another and the reaction of materials and energies acting upon each other. This direct approach provides an energetic spontaneous working method and creative mindset. This energy lives on within the work, giving a sense of progression and evolution within a solid permanent form. I believe my work has gained a sense of identity and consistency recently, providing a firm footing for future continued developments. I feel future of my practice is concerned with working with materials in unique ways, evolving and reworking traditional creative techniques and combining them with the possibilities of glass

1979, England

2004-2006 MA Ceramics and Glass, Royal College of Art, London
1999-2002 BA (hons) 1st class, Ceramics and Glass, Buckinghamshire, Chilterns University College.

2008- present Glass Tutor, BA(hons) 3D, Havering College, Essex.
2006- present Kiln Forming tutor, Liquid Glass Centre, Bath.
2006- present Technician, PG Cert, Glass in Architecture and Fine Art, Central St Martins, London.
2006 Visiting Lecturer, Glas- & Keramikskolen, Bornholm, Denmark

 Crafts Council Development Award
2005 Pilkingtons Glass Scholarship, awarded at the Royal College of Art.

Recent Exhibitions
 Summer Exhibition, Rabley Drawing Centre, Mildenhall, Wiltshire
2009 Bohnams Glass Auction, Bonhams, London
2008  Flow, Glass Exhibition, Black Swan Art Centre, Frome, Somerset
Featured Artist, Autumn Show, Cowdy Gallery, Gloucestershire
Mint Shop, Wigmore Street, London
Tent London, Hand Werk, Truman Brewery, London
Quarts Festival, Queens College, Taunton, Somerset
Glasshaus III, Parndon Mill, Harlow.
‘The Art of Glass’, Plumbline Gallery, St Ives, Cornwall.
‘Summer Show’, Pyramid Gallery, York.
Glasgow Art Fair, Bertram Enterprises
Affordable Art Fair, London, Bertram Enterprises
Black Swan Open Exhibition.
2007 Showcase window exhibition, B&B project space, Folkstone
London Group Art show, Chocolate Factory, London.
100% Futures, Earls Court, London.
‘Side by Side’ CGS, Devon Guilds of Craftsmen, Bovey Tracey, Devon
Glasgow Art Fair, Bertram Enterprises
Affordable Art Fair, London, Bertram Enterprises
2006 Two person show with Emma Stibbon Antarctica drawings and lost Ice Sculpture,Rabley Drawing Centre, Marlborough.
Quarts Festival, Queens College, Taunton, Somerset.
A maze in glass, St Pancras Crypt, London.
Bombay Sapphire Prize 2006 Selected Finalist (touring exhibition).
Somerset art weeks 2006.
Liquid Light, Summer Exhibition, Frome, Somerset.
International Festival of Glass Biennale, Stourbridge
No Man is an Island RCA, Selected Graduate Show, London.
New Designers, Business Design Centre, Islington, London
Royal College of Art, MA degree show, London.
Discovery, Tallinn, Estonia.
Affordable art fair, Represented by Bertram Enterprises, London.
Ceramic Art London, Royal College of Art.
2005 Objectification of ideas, Applied Evolution, St Pancras Crypt.
Ceramic art London, Royal College of Art.

2008 Produced cast glass Yam for sculptor Anya Gallaccio.
2008 Produced cast glass frames by Paul Coldwell, for installation in Kettles Yard, Cambridge.
2007 Designed and Produced Best of British Industry Awards.

2008 Two page profile in Contemporary Glass, Black Dog Publishing.     
2008 Craft Magazine, Tent London Review, December 2008
2007 Evening Standard, London Design Week Edition
2006 International Festival of Glass Biennale, Exhibition Catalogue.





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