Charlie Macpherson


Charlie Macpherson creates unique pieces of hand blown contemporary glass. His approach balances the simplicity of his forms with more complicated use of line and pattern. He incorporates cane techniques in the blowing process, which are enhanced by polishing to highlight areas of interest. He enjoys designing work that invites the viewer to look more closely at the intricate details, seeing more than at first glance. Working with blown glass is a very hand’s on experience, and the challenge has always been to make work that uses the natural qualities of light, colour and transparency, creating pieces that are both stimulating and aesthetic. Charlie exhibits internationally and has pieces in both private and public collections. As well as winning awards for his work, he has completed commissions for a number of major UK organisations.

Qualifications
1996–99
 University of Sunderland BA HONS
3D design, glass, architectural glass, ceramics

Awards
2002
 Shell Livewire awards North West Runner-up 2002
Shell Livewire awards Cheshire Runner-up 2002
2001  Homes and Gardens award for most innovative product @ Top Drawer 2001  Prince’s Trust new business award 2001
Harrogate Craft Trade Fair ‘Award of excellence’ 2001
2000  Society of Glass Technologist’s glass sellers student award, Short listed 2000  Pentagon Mercedes Benz award - Beatrice Royal Gallery, Short listed
1999  Scholarship awarded to attend ‘Creative Summit’, September 1999
Phoenix Hot Glass prize 1999
University of Sunderland, Outline prize, 1999

Exhibitions
2012
 Thirty30, Pyramid Gallery, York
2009  The Billcliffe Gallery, Glasgow
Gallery Top, Matlock, Derbyshire
Origin, Crafts Council
2007  Billcliffe Gallery, Glasgow
Origin
Affordable Art Fair, London (represented by The Steps Gallery)
Affordable Art Fair, Bristol (represented by The Steps Gallery)
Glasgow Art Show (represented by The Steps Gallery)
GalleryTop, Matlock
Gallery 52, Derbyshire
2006  Billcliffe Gallery, Glasgow
Affordable Art Fair, London (represented by The Steps Gallery)
Affordable Art Fair, Bristol (represented by The Steps Gallery)
Lady Lever Art gallery, Liverpool
The Designs Gallery, Castle Douglas
Galerie Werfkade16, Hoogezand, Holland
Norton Gallery, Marbella, Spain
Open Eye Gallery, Edinburgh
The Lighthouse, Glasgow
Gallery Top, Matlock
Red Barn Gallery, Cumbria
2005  Gallery Top, Matlock
Manchester Art Show
Bluecoat Display Centre, Liverpool
Pyramid Gallery, York
The Steps Gallery, Bristol
2004  Tullie House, Carlisle
Norton Gallery, Marbella, Spain
Manchester Art Show
Open Eye Gallery, Edinburgh
Green Gallery, Aberfoyle
2003  Bluecoat Display Centre, Liverpool
Norton Gallery, Marbella, Spain
Metcalffe Hofmann Gallery, Kent
2002  Lemon Street Gallery, Cornwall
Beatrice Royal contemporary art and craft, Hampshire
The Old Bakehouse, Sussex
Dartington Cider Press, Devon
‘Glaskunst Beurs’, Leerdam
Artisan, Edinburgh
Wiseman Gallery, Oxford
Pyramid gallery, York
The Real Art Gallery, Shrewsbury
2001  Burghley House Garden Gallery
Chelsea Craft Fair
‘Glaskunst Beurs’, Leerdam
The Mythic Garden, Chagford, Devon
The Garden Gallery, Hampshire
Cusp Gallery, Burghley
2000  The Mythic Garden, Chagford, Devon
The Garden Gallery, Hampshire
Cusp Gallery, Burghley
Strover Gallery, Cambridge
Hanover Gallery, Liverpool
 Beatrice Royal contemporary art and craft, Hampshire
‘Glaskunst Beurs’, Leerdam
Spring Open:Millenium Surroundings, The National Glass Centre, Sunderland
1999  The October showcase @ The Candid Gallery, London
‘Co:hesion’, The National Glass Centre, Sunderland
‘Glaskunst Beurs’, Leerdam
‘expansion’, Oxo Tower, London

Collections
2003
 Liverpool Museums and Galleries 2003
2002  Anglo America, London 2002
Leerdam Glascentrum, Holland 2000 & 2002
1999 Outline, Newcastle 1999
University of Sunderland 1999

Commissions
Shell Springboard Awards 2006 - 2007
Walker Gallery Liverpool, site specific installation 2006
Livewire awards 2004 - 2005
CSU Business awards 2003 - 2004
Standard Life, Edinburgh, site specific installation 2002
Royal Horticultural Society ‘Britain In Bloom’ awards 2002 - 2006
Encams recycling awards 2000 - 2002
Coats Crafts UK, site specific installation Darlington 2001
Going for Green recycling awards 2000
NEA and British Gas ‘Partnerships in Warmth’ awards 1999
Common Purpose, Sunderland 1999
International Institute for Research in Glass, gift for Jiri Harcuba 1999
University of Sunderland, corporate gifts 1999

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