Decorative Platters ‘To Be Or Not To Be’ by Amanda Charles
Geometric design and a simple yet bold colour scheme, these decorative platters make a lovely centrepiece.
Amanda skilfully combines lime green, white and black glass to create these kiln-formed decorative platters. Perfect for the modern contemporary styled home, adding a splash of colour and charm to your décor.
Decorative Platters Artist
Amanda Charles began her stellar glass journey by training in ceramics and glass at the University of Hertfordshire. She became fascinated by the versatility of glass and the amazing array of ways it was possible to work with glass to create beautiful art.
Her favourite modus operandi is working with kiln-formed glass. This is a ‘warm glass’ technique, where layers of glass are fused together in the kiln. The temperature is precisely controlled using a digital thermometer so that the constant heating and cooling of the glass does not crack or shatter the glass art (thermal shock).
As this method offers such precise heat control, it enables her to stack opalescent, transparent and dichroic glass to create vibrancy, geometry and very tactile 3D texture. It almost invites the viewer to reach out and touch the art.
The modern ‘alchemy’ of the application and control of heat enables Amanda Charles Glass Artist to take uniform sheet glass and canes and conjure up fantastic glass artefacts in a kaleidoscope of colours.
Inspired both by contemporary art movements and the great art movements such as Bauhaus, her abstract glass creations focus on geometric and powerful colour contrasts. The elaborate detail of her abstract glass pieces creates both linear and non-linear compositions – a harmonic dissonance if you will.
Layers of glass compliment or contrast with each other to create a wonderful divergence between light absorption and reflection in intricate detail and pattern. A style that pays homage to the simplicity of Bauhaus Modernism and the complexity of non-representational Abstract Expressionism (art not based on reality, but more an expression of the artist’s psyche).
Her artistic style and technique are constantly evolving as she continues to experiment with the marvellous medium of glass.
Amanda’s work has been featured in the Online European Glass Show 2016 run by the Contemporary Glass Society. And this year her talents have been honoured by being shortlisted for the 2017 British Glass Biennale.