Glass artist Charlie Macpherson has received international attention for his elegantly crafted pieces of hand-blown contemporary glass.
Charlie takes his inspiration from the environment around him and the creative and intriguing nature of his work has to his pieces being a part of collections in Europe, America, Hong Kong, Australia and Canada.
Charlie says “I design work that invite you to look closely at the intricacies of the piece, looking into it and around it. I have learned to work with the fluidity of glass rather than force it in a direction it doesn’t want to go. This has led to solid forms with their fluidity and movement proving integral to the sculpting process.”
Each piece is signed by Charlie, adding to their provenance and providing a reference for Collectors.
Charlie is based in Poundbury, Dorset, a county with strong local involvement with The Prince of Wales and his ‘Vision of Britain’. The Prince is keen to promote handmade skills and personally visited Charlie's studio in May 2016.
Charlie’s glass sculptures start their journey in the hot glass studio, with Charlie using his skills to manipulate the molten glass into the shapes and forms which are well suited to traditional glassblowing techniques. He builds up layers of glass, each time trapping cane details between them, creating a depth and thickness that is exposed during the polishing processes allowing us to see the symmetry and form within.
Once the hot processes are finished, the creations are taken through a variety of cold processes which include cutting, grinding, polishing and carving. This creates textures and reveals intricate details with optical reflections and refractions in the thick polished surfaces.
Charlie's work can be found in the Elton John Glass Collection as well as in the Liverpool Museums and Galleries, the Anglo America Art Collection and many other prestigious locations.
Charlie loves a commission so do get in touch if you feel you have an idea for him, or even if you simply would like a different colour for something other then what is shown here.