Modern Kiln Formed Glass Art ‘Host III’ by Joanne Mitchell
Joanne Mitchell creates modern kiln formed glass art that is truly awe-inspiring. Host III, a solid block of glass with air bubbles of human shape seemingly floating. Upon closer inspection, these little air humans have an urgency about them. Small clusters are also evident, perhaps reflective in life in general. While others seem to be on their own individual journey. However you view this piece, it certainly is captivating.
Modern Kiln Formed Glass Art Artist
Since 2000 Joanne Mitchell has practised as a professional artist. Graduating from Manchester Metropolitan University with a 1st Class Honours in Three Dimensional Design: Hot Glass and Metal. Joanne went on to design for Edinburgh Crystal. She also spent time as a resident artist at the National Glass Centre, Sunderland. In December 2012 she moved to Lime Street Studios, Newcastle-upon-Tyne where she still creates today.
In 2015, Joanne looked to complete a PhD, researching glass art with technology. The idea of which was to expand the possibilities of air within glass. Ultimately the manipulation of the bubble. Her pioneering research has developed new glassmaking techniques using digital technologies and CAD/CAM processes. Such processes enable the creation of 3D forms and images trapped as air bubbles, suspended within a glass space – a first in Kiln formed glass.
Joannes new techniques aided by technology can be seen within her current work. Where she aims to make the intangible, visible, using air as the metaphor for thought, memory, presence and absence. Drawing on connections to what makes us human Joanne explores themes around anonymity, connectedness and empathy.
Her work is in the collections of the U.K.s National Glass Centre, the Shanghai Museum of Glass, and the Alexander Tutsek–Stiftung Foundation, Germany, as well as numerous private collections.