WINNER - SECOND PRIZE AT EUROPEAN GLASS CONTEXT 2021 - BORNHOLM
"Shadow/Shelter," a re-setting of my work exploring the lives of LGBT+ people in and from Caithness, won Second Prize at the European Glass Context biennale at the Bornholm Art Museum in Denmark!
Congratulations also to my friend Yorgos Papadopoulos for winning First Prize for his work "Ripples of Time."
WINNER - 2019 BRITISH GLASS BIENNALE!
21st Century Memento Mori @ 'Alight' - Visual Arts Scotland at the Royal Scottish Academy (Jan - Feb 2019)
IGLASS 2018 @ Levant Gallery, Shangahi (Nov 2018 - Feb 2019)
Also featuring work by Æsa Björk, Anne Petters, Inguna Audere, Jitka Havlíčková, Karlyn Sutherland, Koichi Matsufuji, Michael Rogers and Silvia Levenson.
A New State of Matter - Boise Art Museum (Nov 2018 - Feb 2019)
Upcoming Talks - Craft Scotland Conference (Edinburgh, June) and North Lands Glass Nexus Forum (Lybster, August) 2018
Painting on Glass in Berlin - with Multaka: Museum as Meeting Point, Pergamon Museum & Berlin Glass (May 2018)
Featured Artist @ the Royal Scottish Academy (2018)
Interview with Craft Scotland
'Behind The Scenes ' Film
The lovely folk at Craft Scotland came by and made this short film of me in my studio! If you've wanted to get a glimpse inside the frame to see how my work is made, here's your chance!
Transparency: An LGBTQ+ Glass Art Exhibition @ Liberty Museum, Philadelphia, US (June - August 2017)
National Liberty Museum in Philadelphia has out together the first museum exhibition of work by LGBTQ+ artists working with glass. My new work, The Presence of Absence, features. To read more about this uniquely personal work, please click here.
From the exhibition website: "For more than 40 years, LGBTQ+ identifying people have gathered in the month of June to commemorate their struggles, celebrate their identities, and advocate for their communities. What we now call “LGBT Pride Month” or simply “Pride” is a worldwide phenomenon that reminds us that the freedom to live our truth is necessary for a liberated society. For Pride 2017, the National Liberty Museum is hosting the nation’s FIRST museum exhibit of studio glass works produced exclusively by artists of the LGBTQ+ community. We are very excited to present this celebration of identity and freedom at the National Liberty Museum, and we hope that you will visit as we showcase the diverse subjects, methods, and styles explored by glass artists in the LGBTQ+ community."
Bild-Werk @ 30 (July 2017)
Presenting @ American Glass Guild's 2017 Conference, Rochester, NY, US (May 2017)
2016 Visual Arts Scotland Exhibition - 'Fly', Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh, UK (December 2016)
2016 Fellow @ Creative Glass Center of America/Wheaton Arts! (September - October 2016)
I'll be indulging a long-time obsession by exploring and creating contemporary memento mori images, exploring 21st century notions of existence and non-existence, and glass painting up a storm! Excited also about getting to meet my fellow Fellows, the wonderful staff, and work with area educators in a workshop.
International Glass Symposium (Nový Bor, Czech Republic) (October 2015)
I spent four wild and wonderful days at this international event. 70 artists are invited from across the world to participate - collaborating with the various factories and studios in this traditional glass-making town in Bohemia. I was placed in the extensive decorating department at Crystallex, where their wonderfully skilled painting team was put at my disposal. I decided to create a piece combining some of my motifs with their traditional hand-painting skills, using many layers of glass. A very promising result, which may lead to significant new directions in my work.
An additional benefit: I got to meet and work alongside two wonderful people and artists Rikka Latva-Somppi (Finland) and Jenny Ritzenhoff (Germany/Netherlands). Plus visiting with friends and colleagues from Panama, Seattle, Bild-Werk, Berlin, etc.
(Sorry for the poor quality of the videos - shot with my mobile in the studio.)
'Clarity' @ National Glass Centre, Sunderland, UK (March - October 2015)
I'll be exhibiting alongside Matt Durran, Jerome Harrington, Helen Maurer, Richard Wheater and Emma Woffenden -- all of whose work I greatly admire.
Award-Winners from Habatat Galleries Invitational @ Fort Wayne Museum of Art (June - September 2015)
SOFA Selects! (November 2014)
Congrats also to mates Thomas Hopkins-Gibson (also showing with Craft Scotland), Michael Janis and Mel Douglas!
'Absorb' @ Canberra Glassworks (October - November 2014)
The exhibition, titled 'Absorb', also features the work of Brian Corr, Ben Edols and Kathy Elliott, and Nick Wirdnam.
SOFA Chicago with Craft Scotland (November 2014)!
Stop by, spend some time and say hello -- and see the ten other excellent Scottish makers who'll be sharing the booth (Alison Kinnaird, Amanda Simmons, Choi Keeryong, Gilly Langton, Kathryn Hinton, Lara Scobie, Misun Won, Morag Macpherson, Stacey Bentley and Thomas Hopkins Gibson)!
2014 Stephen Procter Fellowship (August - October 2014)!
Second Prize at Coburg Prize for Contemporary Glass! (April - September 2014)
I can also announce that both pieces have been purchased for the permanent collection of the European Museum for Modern Glass!
For more information about the Prize, and some installation shots: http://www.kunstsammlungen-coburg.de/en/europaeisches-glasmuseum-glaspreis-2014.php
(July - August 2014) ArtAspen with Habatat Galleries
(July 2014) Art Hamptons with Habatat Galleries
(April - September 2014) UK Glass @ Het Glazenhuis, Lommel, BE
I'm in great company here -- other exhibiting artists are: Julia Malle, Jeffrey Sarmiento, Sarah Blood, Liam Reeves, Peter Layton, Katharine Coleman, Shelley James, Helen Maurer, James Maskrey, Louis Thompson, Michael Ruh, Fiaz Elson, Katherine Dowson, Jeff Zimmer, Richard Wheater, Keiko Mukaide, Kathryn Wightman, Andrea Walsh, Erin Dickson, Emma Woffenden, Graham Muir, Michael Petry and Jerome Harrington.
(April - September 2014) 2014 Coburg Prize for Contemporary Glass
(November 2013) Scottish Gallery, Edinburgh, UK
The Scottish Gallery
16 Dundas Street
Edinburgh EH3 6HZ
T 0131 558 1200
(September 2013 - January 2014) Shattered: Contemporary Sculpture in Glass @ Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park, Grand Rapids, MI (USA)
September 18, 2013 - January 5, 2014
(April 2013) New Glass Review 34!
(August 2013) Masterclass Bild-Werk, Frauenau (DE), 31 July - 16 August 2013
Once again, August will find me in the Bavarian Forest teaching a masterclass titled "Imagery on Flat Glass: Into Three Dimensions." This will be a great opportunity to explore in-depth the uses paint and glass to create 3-D spaces. Bild-Werk is a wonderful place, set amidst the Bavarian Forest, and full of extraordinary people! I'm particularly thrilled that Scott Chaseling and Rike Scholle will be teaching at the same time, as well as Stephen Paul Day, Christian Schmidt, Alison Kinnaird and many others. See you there!
(May 2013) Contemporary Glass Painting and Layering Skills Class @ North Lands Creative Glass
North Lands Creative Glass
Lybster, Scotland, UK
I'm absolutely thrilled to be returning to North Lands, this time to teach my own course: Contemporary Glass Painting and Layering! This will be a stimulating experience in a most extraordinary setting!
(April 2013) Public Lecture and Workshop - National Sculpture Factory, Cork, IE
I'll be making my first-ever trip to Ireland to teach 'Creating Three-Dimensional Images On Glass' at the National Sculpture Factory, Cork! There will also be a public lecture at Cork Institute of Technology Crawford College of Art and Design on 16 April.
For more info, see: http://nationalsculpturefactory.com/?page_id=208
(January 2013) GAS Newsletter - Member Profile Published!
Karen Donnellan has written a lovely article about me and my work for the Glass Art Society newsletter. I suspect she may understand my work better than I do -- and is certainly a fine writer!
(November 2012 - January 2013) Royal Scottish Academy Open, Edinburgh
Monday - Saturday 10-5pm, Sunday 12-5pm
Drawing from artists across the whole of Scotland and beyond, this exhibition in the RSA's Lower Galleries on the Mound in Edinburgh showcases a wide range of small and medium sized works (80cm in any direction) selected through open submission and includes paintings, drawings, sculptures, prints, photographs and GLASS!
The Royal Scottish Academy, The Mound, Edinburgh, EH2 2EL
Tel: 0131 225 6671
(December 2012 - March 2013) Light & Shadow at Glasmuseet Ebeltoft
Open Daily, 10am-4pm, closed Monday
Tel +45 86 34 17 99
Fax + 45 86 34 60 60
(September 2012) Susan Stinsmuehlen-Amend and 'Painting in the Space of Glass'
(August 2012) Back to Bild-Werk Frauenau!
(July 2012) Opening Ceremony, European Applied Arts Prize, Friday 13 July!
(July 2012) Works selected for European Applied Arts Prize, Mons, Belgium!
The exhibition runs 14 July - 9 September, 2012, at 'Les Anciens Abattoirs' in Mons, Belgium.
For more info: www.wcc-bf.org
+32 (0)65 84 64 67
(March 2012) "Whitewash" works on show at Maurine Littleton Gallery, Washington, DC
1667 Wisconsin Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20007
(January 2012) "Whitewash" works on show at Wexler Gallery, Philadelphia
201 North 3rd Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106-1901
(November 2011) "Whitewash' series featured on American Craft's blog!
(October 2011) 'Whitewash' Series on GLASS Quarterly Hot Sheet!
It's refreshing to start to see the work through the eyes of others. It's nice to know that aspects I'd worried might be too subtle are being picked up on, and to learn things are in it that I'd not quite been aware of. Cheers, Ruth!
(October 2011) Washington Glass School Blog about the 'Whitewash' Series!
I can't believe how fortunate I was to have met Tim as I was starting out in glass -- and the school and studio he built with Erwin, and later joined by Michael, was (and still is!) a pretty darned amazing incubator. I'm honoured, gents!
July 2011: Brief Interview on German TV!
May 2011: Review of "Artists of the Washington Glass School: The First 10 Years" at Long View Gallery, Washington, DC, through 19 June 2011.
Evidently, mine is not pretty, but it is perhaps something much more interesting....! Read all about it!
"Artists of the Washington Glass School: The First 10 Years" at Long View Gallery, Washington, DC, through 19 June 2011
Washington’s Long View Gallery presents “Artists of The Washington Glass School – The First Ten Years” showcasing ten years of integrating glass into the contemporary art dialogue. I wouldn't be where I am today without these guys and am very pleased to be a part of this exhibition.
The Washington D.C. area has become international renowned as an emerging center of glass art. At the forefront of this charge is the Washington Glass School, where, for the past ten years, the instructors, artists and student have brought narrative and content into glass. The Washington Glass School has produced artists whose art can be found in museums and collections worldwide and is advancing the studio glass movement with its explorations of narrative content, technology and skills. Featured artists include: Tim Tate, Michael Janis, Erwin Timmers, Elizabeth Mears, Robert Kincheloe, Syl Mathis, Lea Topping, Allison Sigethy, Dave D’Orio, Kirk Waldroff, Robert Wiener and others (including me!).
Long View Gallery
1234 9th St NW
Washington, DC 20001
Return to North Lands -- Assisting Cappy Thompson Masterclass, 6 - 14 September 2011
North Lands Creative Glass
Quatre Bras, Lybster
Caithness, KW3 6BN SCOTLAND
+44 (0)1593 721 229
'British Studio Glass/Studioglas aus Grossbritannien' at
European Museum for Modern Glass (Coburg), Germany 6 May - 6 November 2011
"50 years of Studio Glass from Great Britain at the European Museum of Modern Glass"
"For the first time a museum in Germany is presenting an exclusive review of 50 years of Studio Glass from Great Britain. More than 60 works from over 50 artists are shown. The selection includes artistically designed and in large quantity produced giftware, highly elaborate individual work and complex installations.
"Nearly half of the exhibits are loans from artists as well as the Studio Glass collection of the Ernsting foundation Alter Hof Herding in Coesfeld.
"The extensive collection of British Studio Glass from the European Museum of Modern Glass, which has been acquired during a period of forty years and particularly at the Coburg glass prizes, can be seen almost completely for the first time."
European Museum for Modern Glass
Europäisches Museum für Modernes Glas
Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show - 10 - 13 November 2011
This selling event is arguably the most successful show of its kind in the USA. Now in its 35th year the show raises money to support the Philadelphia Museum of Art’s craft remit, as well supporting the institutions educational programmes.
I'll be displaying a new series of political landscapes, as well as work from other series, and perhaps some completely new directions as well!
I'm particularly excited to be exhibiting alongside my good friends Karen Akester and James Donald!
Alongside the Scottish based delegation, there will also be a further 195 American-based makers who have been whittled down from an application pool of more than 1300 craftspeople from across America.
November will mark a new era for Scottish craft. Whilst in the USA CraftScotland will also launch a new destination website targeted at the American market. The site aims to entice Americans to visit Scotland for craft vacations whilst promoting opportunities to see and buy Scottish based craft across America. The PMA Craft Show is a perfect place to start.
Exhibition/Auction in NYC! 22 March - 16 April, 2011
Fête de Verre: Futur Exhibition and Live Auction!
The exhibition will take place at Chashama Gallery, 217 42nd Street in Manhattan from March 22nd – April 9th.
The Preview Opening Reception will take place on Thursday, March 24th from 6pm – 8pm.
The auction will take place 16 April (and on-line), at Capitale, NYC (the former Bowery Savings Bank Building, designed by Stanford White) from 6:30-10:30 on Saturday 16 April.
The curators were: Jane Adlin, Associate Curator, Metropolitan Museum of Art; Katya Heller, Heller Gallery; David McFadden, Chief Curator and Vice President, Museum of Arts and Design; and Claire Oliver, Claire Oliver Gallery (who also represents the unbelievably incredible Judith Schaechter!).
Unfortunately, I won't be able to make it -- but you go and bid high! This will be the first time my work's been on show and available for sale in the US since I left in 2004.
New Course Announced: Bild-Werk Frauenau, Germany, 6 - 22 July 2011!
The course will focus on glass painting and using the transparency of glass to create a 3-D sense of space. It's open to all -- experienced glass painters and complete novices; painters, sculptors; blowers, casters, stained glass artists, etc. etc.
Bild-Werk is one of my favourite places on earth and I can't wait to return!
'Trove' at Perth Museum: March - December 2011
For this exhibition, members of the Scottish Glass Society were given access to the basement collections of the Museum and encouraged to make new work inspired by objects we found there. Our new pieces will be exhibited along with the objects that inspired them.
For 'Trove' I'll be working from a 13th c. mirror case depicting the legend of Tristram and Yseult.
I've been immersing myself in the legend, reading medieval versions, looking at illuminated manuscripts, and, of course, listening to Wager's opera (well, sections of it, at least -- it is a long hard slog).
But, when you get finish the opera off with the Liebestod'...... and, if there's even been a more exquisite recording than Jessye Norman, conducted by Herbert von Karajan, singing the 'Liebestod' from Wagner's 'Tristan und Isolde' I don't think I could bear to hear it.
Autumn 2010: Craft Arts International
Theatre of Glass at Pollock's Toy Museum
2010 British Glass Biennale Commendation!
2010 British Glass Biennale
New Glass Review 31
"Remarkable Glass" - Contemporary Applied Arts, London
One of my pieces has been selected for this exhibition of "outstanding work by established European glass artists" - an exciting collaboration between Contemporary Applied Arts & Contemporary Glass Society.
"A show of contemporary glass at the prestigious venue of Contemporary Applied Arts, London, will open in June 2010. "Remarkable Glass" will bring together a collective of established and emerging artists that contribute to the rich and diverse European Glass scene. The exhibition will showcase outstanding work that demonstrates innovation, originality and creative expression within glass making techniques.
Contemporary Applied Arts
2 Percy Street
London, W1T 1DD
Arts Trust Scotland - 2010 Grant Award!
"Vitreous North: Works of International Artists from North Lands Creative Glass" Exhibition - 27 March - 10 May, 2010
TimeSpan Art Gallery & Heritage Centre, Helmsdale, Scotland
July 2010 - Back to Frauenau!
Exhibition Reviews - Migrate!
Georgina Coburn, HiArts
Giles Sutherland, Glasshouse
..."The theme of this show, carefully chosen, one suspects, because of its potential multiple interpretations has therefore created opportunities for deeply searching and often painful work. The notion of separation is one such issue and is explored by Karen Akester and Jeff Zimmer, amongst others....
"Originally from the United States, Zimmer is now resident in Scotland and his practice explores the emotional and physical separation form his own country. He uses the motif of a boat embedded within layers of glass where multiple firings combined with nuanced, delicate image-making allow delicate perspectival shifts. Here his two box-like structures depict, respectively, a Celtic currach and a Chesapeake Bay Deadrise – fitting nautical symbols for distance and difference."
New Glass Review 30
"Interventions in a Landscape," was selected by Mieke Groot & Tina Oldknow to appear in this annual survey of the world of glass! Cool, eh?
2009 - 2010: Scottish Glass Society 30th Anniversary Exhibition - Migrate
Two pieces titled "1/1000th The Distance Between Me and You" will be included in the Scottish Glass Society's 30th Anniversary exhibition, Migrate. Lots of great people are included too! Check us out at:
* Inverness Museum & Art Gallery, Inverness: 4th July – 1st August 2009
* St Fergus Gallery, Wick: 7th August – 12th September 2009
* Iona Gallery, Kingussie: 19th September – 17th October 2009
* Broadfield House Glass Museum, West Midlands 14th November – 11th March 2010
July 2009: Bild-Werk Frauenau - Teaching Assistant for Scott Chaseling
I spent the summer assisting the fantastic Scott Chaseling in his "Roll Ups" class at Bild-Werk Fauenau on the German/Czech border. An incredible and stimulating experience! Many thanks to the Scottish Arts Council (supported by the National Lottery) for their generous support.