Long Beak Vase

Tim Shaw
17.00 x 10.00 x 45.00
  • Glass Vase
  • 10cm x 45cm 17cm approx

Tim Shaw has three degrees in glassblowing.  After attaining his BA (Hons) from North Staffordshire Polytechnic in the early 80’s, he went on to study at the avant-garde Gerrit Rietveld Academie in Amsterdam where he continued to develop and experiment, creating a unique style of art glass. Upon his return to the UK, he established a hot glass workshop in London.  Tim’s creative talent was recognized by his peers, and he was invited to undertake his second MA at the prestigious Royal College of Art in London.  Here he further refined and honed his glassmaking skills, whilst pushing the boundaries of his artistic expression.

For the past 12 years Tim has resided in Australia.  His studio is nestled amongst the Stringybark forests of the beautiful Adelaide Hills.  In this idyllic setting, Tim’s work has flourished, absorbing Australian influences.  This inspiration is most marked through his use of vibrant colour and striking forms. Tim’s pleasure in working with glass is evident to the viewer.  His love of colour, decoration and texture fires the imagination. 

This is how Tim describes his technique: ‘My “Slash and Cut’” series takes traditional blown forms that I cut with my diamond saw to sculpt the surface. The holes in the piece allow the object to be viewed simultaneously from within and without.  This process is dangerous and exhilarating at the same time. Whilst I start with a vague plan of attack, the piece often dictates the carving process, and all too often the vessel ceases to exist because I overstep the line, and end up with a pile of broken glass!  This radical approach to carving glass, results in works that are steeped in raw energy, yet possess a refined elegance. This balance between form and fragility, coupled with the pieces’ transparency, colour and surface texture, allows me to create objects that are uniquely beautiful.’



Balman Gallery now operates primarily as a web based site. We are grateful, however, to have some work on display at the Hancock Gallery in Newcastle. See their website for more details of their current exhibitions or contact us for details of our current work on display there. www.hancockgallery.co.uk 

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Date Added: 03/11/2021


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