Fire and Fibre – part two

Hello everyone, and welcome to all my new and existing followers.  As a new blogger, having followers is very encouraging as it’s great to get some interaction and comment from you all.  Thank you for popping in past, it’s lovely to meet you here and I’m glad I’m not speaking to myself anymore. 🙂
For todays post I wanted to show you some further images from the fire and fibre exhibition now exhibited at Collins Gallery, Glasgow.  I understand a couple of you have tried to go along but sadly they were not open.  Please check the opening days and times before you travel as they are not open everyday.  However, if you do get a chance to go along it will be worth it, the extent and diversity of work on show is very impressive.
First time exhibitors Johan and Ailsa produced a striking statement, which can be seen as you enter the venue.  They have worked incredibly hard to capture the movement and atmosphere of a flock of birds taking flight.   Their combination of pottery and basket weaving brings this idea to life.  It was lovely to be able to see this in person, a photographic image just doesn’t do it justice.
Johan Carslaw (SPA) & Ailsa Morrant (SBC)
Kerstin Gren and Tim Palmer presented a couple of bodies of work.  Tim, as a scientist and basket maker worked with Kerstin, ceramicist, to bring the microscopic images he sees, as part of his work, transformed to a sculptural scale.  The two hanging panels brought to our attention the beautiful patterns and rhythms that are within the structures of cholesterol and synovial fluid from the human body.
Kerstin Gren (SPA) & Tim Palmer (SBC)
Kerstin is originally from Sweden and after her move to the North East of Scotland she was attracted to the fishing boats of the fishing community within which she lives.  Kerstin worked with Tim to see if he could produce baskets that echoed these voluptuous vessels’, forms and scales.  From what I gathered it was a challenge, to say the least, however, the final pieces have a beautiful form and flow that fits seamlessly into Kerstin’s flotilla of vessels.

Kerstin Gren (SPA) & Tim Palmer (SBC)

One of my favourite exhibits in the exhibition were works by Anna King, Kirsty O’Conner and  Pip Weaser.  Reminding me of Anthony Gormley‘s ‘Field for the British Isles‘, it appeared that their characterful vessels had more than a functional purpose, perhaps they intended to remind us of the fragility and strength of the human body.  Having just looked at Kirsty’s website she says that the work is a ‘meditation on ‘protest’ in response to the Arab Spring and commemorating the many who have died for the right to speak out’.  Indeed a purposeful march across the gallery floor.

Kirsty O’Connor (SPA) & Anna King (SBC)

My strongest feeling throughout the exhibition was the desire to handle and interact with the exhibits, which many people did; their voluptuous forms, the tactile materials and human references combined to make a very accessible exhibition which highlighted the fragility, strength and creativity within the Scottish craft sector.

Kirsty O’ Connor (SPA) & Pip Weaser (SBC)

If you do manage to get along, it would be lovely to hear what you think and to feedback your comments to Collins Gallery, and here on this blog.


4 thoughts on “Fire and Fibre – part two

  1. It looks like a really interesting show Anne, thanks for pointing me at it. We novice bloggers must stick together!

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