Ropes And Buckets

21 Feb

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I caught up with an artist chum from way back when recently. Chris Bird-Jones and I were in Swansea Art College in the 1970s when the world was a very different place.  Chris recently came back from an artist residency at the University of Hawai’i where she had an exhibition of the art she created there. She works mainly with glass, from monumental and architectural to tiny hand-held pieces.

She has just installed a new exhibition at the Volcano Theatre Gallery on Swansea’s High Street based on buckets, lots of small buckets made from mirror glass; she is fascinated by the potential of the mirror bucket for collecting, visually, whatever you want to put in it. Chris had a public ‘Call Out’ for ropes to hang her mirror buckets on, I was one of the artists who responded and I made a simple rope from plaited tissue paper that I had decorated with golden graphite rubbings from a woodcut block.

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I visited just after she’d finished and loved the diversity of ropes that different people had brought along, from simple rubber bands to complex sculpted pieces. The pieces were tied together visually by the two-dimensional glass buckets that hung from each piece of rope, twinkling and reflecting their surroundings.

Next Saturday Chris will be doing a talk at Volcano, sharing her experiences in Hawai’i, the work from her residency and how her practice has developed and she will introduce the work she is developing for her upcoming residency at Ruthin Craft Centre next month.

CHRIS BIRD-JONES | Glass Artist | Creative Wales Ambassador 2015.

Saturday 27th February, doors open at 3:30pm and the talk will begin at 4pm. Volcano Theatre Gallery, High Street, Swansea.

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