Waves of Inspiration

22nd – 28th April 2015

Lois Parker

  • Glass is beautiful and seductive. Altering constantly as the light changes.  This makes viewing a piece more like watching a performance than a static object.
  • There are many ways to use glass in art, and learning these different processes could fill a lifetime. I currently work predominately with glass which I fuse in a kiln. The challenge of realising an artistic vision in a medium that has precise temperature/time needs in its creation creates suspense, elation and sometimes disappointment or shock as the process develops.
  • I find the waiting period where nothing can be done useful.  I am a temperamentally hasty person, and fiddling or changing things, removing items, adding just a touch of something, can be a problem with other media for me.  With the glass in the kiln there is an enforced period of inactivity or at least non-tinkering that is beneficial.  This pause means I can gain distance from the active phases of making.
  • Another advantage of working with glass, even though it is heavy, sharp, expensive and can shatter if annealed poorly, is that working with it requires many different actions.  I have several chronic health problems which mean many activities are impossible or very limited for me.  Much of my work over the last year has been made one handed as I have had two surgical operations on one wrist.  With a little help from friends on some more physical activities, such as opening new jars of glass frit and changing kiln shelves, I have been able to continue to work.
  • I am on a journey to discover what I can do well in glass and how I want to work.  This exhibition shows the last year of my work in this medium.
  • www.loisparkerglass.com


Open daily 10am-5pm

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What’s Next?

  • Maintenance The east turret is in need of repair to prevent rain leaking in when the wind is in the ‘wrong’ direction. We hope to get this done during gallery downtime.
  • Hire Dates for 2022 The release of dates for hiring the gallery in 2022 is under review pending the availability of dates for events in the gardens.
  • New gallery layout

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