Another artist with a passion for drawing is Kevin Petrie.Professor and Doctor Kevin Petrie is also our every own Course leader here at Sunderland University, it comes to show how simple hard work and determination can come along way in turning you from a budding young student into the thriving artist we all hope to be.
During his artist journey, Petrie has experienced a verity of fields such as glass and ceramics, even becoming a published author along the way. Throughout all this however it has always been drawing that has continued to spark his interest.
Within his talk Petrie guided us through his methods of working, one method in particular sparked my own interest as it has links to my own project I am currently working on at the moment. ‘Mould Drawing‘ for lack of better titles.
A kiln glass method of his own invention in which a plain mould is created and left to dry, once dried a drawing can be carved into the service of the mould creating an indentation. The carved drawing acts as a negative where in which powdered glass is added in large amounts, black into the carved lines to add to the appearance of a sketch and clear glass to give strength. Coloured powders can also be added to add to the image. Once fired the mould is carefully removed leaving behind the positive image.
Simple yes? NO!
The process is one which I have been toying with for a while, trying to figure out a way in which you can get the appearance of a sketch into the glass itself. It’s almost aggravating how the answer was so simple and literally right in front of me at times in the form of Kevin Petrie himself. It’s easy to say that his talk was very VERY! Informative and will defiantly not be something I will forget in a hurry. After all how else would I learn.
As already mentioned in my pervious entry, it’s easy to forget how privileged you really are as a student studying art, your supported not only by your tutors but also by the visiting artists such as Jennifer Halvorson for example.
Jennifer Halvorson is an extraordinary teacher with a diverse knowledge spreading across the different fields of arts. Steel metal working, hot glass and sculpture work are just some of the areas she has experience within, however her true home for her work is within kiln glass.
Despite my love for glass, kiln glass isn’t a medium I’ve found favourable at present, however with that said I found Jennifer’s workshop on press moulds to be enjoyable and entertaining but above all I found it informative. I believe it’s defiantly a technique I can see myself testing further in the future.
Currently Jennifer’s work is focused on an idea of mending, pacifically using the mending of cloths as a metaphor for the mending of oneself. My personal favourite from the ‘Mending’ series is ‘Pinched Gathering’.
‘Pinched Gathering’ is a mix of kiln casted glass and found objects, the piece I find has a simplistic appearance, the subtle use of colour within the casted glass coupled with the translucent property gives the form a light appearance, tying in well with the delicate tiptoe forms seemingly held up by the wooden pegs. The piece reminds me of childhood innocence, a small child dressed in worn hand-me-down cloths dancing on it’s tiptoes across the wood floor. It holds a peaceful air, almost as if it’s a moment frozen in time.
As a student I find it’s easy to forget that the people we call tutors are actually artists themselves.
I find that dispite having them teach you and remind you in small ways that they themselves really do know what their talking about it doesn’t really sink in that these people we see every day are figures that another student from another university would only hope to meet one day in the future, for example.
Inge Panneels my honourable mention from my last entry, Is a well known glass artist having worked in both the public eye and the private sector. She also just happens to be my kiln glass teacher and head of my second academic year at university.
Inge Panneels had a true artistic mind In my opinion, she can see the potential in the simplest of matters and then progresses and evolves that subject into a series of world which can expand over years. “Creation” Is one of my favourite worlds by Inge. It explores universal creation mythology, a very large subject matter which she has managed to breakdown into the smallest and I believe to be the most beautiful of pieces.
The world ring if you will, Is my own personal favourite from the “Creation” series. The way it catches the light and gives it a mysterious glow brings the lives inner meaning to life, showing the mystery behind the piece. The piece itself is not loud in its form, it is simplistic yet still manages to couple Its meaning and beauty together in one object, much like she does in all her works.
During my time at University Inge has taught me many things from techniques such as mould making and pate de verre, to the importance of having a good studio practice when it comes to tools and materials. I’m beginning to understand that we learn more then just the literally things people teach us, I guess it really is a small world after all.