Abstract Glass ‘Home’ by Amanda Charles
Striking-coloured abstract glass piece made with layers of colourful glass. Abstract glass piece, meticulously made from hundreds of precisely cut glass pieces and kiln fused to form this wonderful ode to geometry.
Coloured glass lines are interspersed in this homage to sacred geometry.
Blended to perfection, the abstract glass is a perfect balance of contrasting colours and creates a piece of precise colour alternation.
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Abstract Glass 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 the Bauhaus Art Movement, 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 complement 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 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.