Kumano Kodo, London Glassblowing
London Glassblowing’s latest exhibition focusses on the work of artist Tim Rawlinson. The 33 year old’s new collection, Essence, has been inspired by a trip to Japan in November 2017, where he walked the Kumano Kodo, an ancient pilgrimage route that stretches across the mountainous Kii Peninsula.
‘I was particularly interested by the different stones on the trail,’ says the Buckinghamshire New University graduate. ‘They all had extraordinary textures and formations, often caused by the natural process of shaping by river rapids and the moss growing around them. In Japan it’s believed that these rocks carry spirits within them and my new pieces attempt to convey a sense of the intriguing colours and shapes – to get to that spiritual essence of the stones and recapture the atmosphere from that walk.’
To do this, he has employed a new, hybrid making technique that combines blown elements within cast sculptural forms, emphasising his fascination with glass and light. ‘The way light passes through glass informs my work,’ he says. ‘It gives an energy that transforms the material, that projects out onto its surroundings, changing its environment.’
London Glassblowing founder Peter Layton believes Rawlinson, who earlier this year took part in a joint exhibition with rug designer Sonya Winner, is establishing himself as an artist to be reckoned with. ‘I spotted Tim when he was exhibiting at the New Designers exhibition in the Business Design Centre in 2011 and recognised a future star instantly,’ he says. ‘I offered him some work experience in the workshop and that has turned into a permanent position. He is, in my view, a leading light in the next generation of glass artists.’
Alongside the exhibition, Rawlinson will be doing a demonstration as well as giving a talk on 17 November.
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