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CGS at New Ashgate Gallery, Farnham

Saturday, 30th April – Saturday, 11th June, 2022

 “Joyful Reflections” Exhibition

The Contemporary Glass Society is the leading organisation representing national and international glass artists, designers, and makers in the UK.  With over 1,000 members, the Society champions the work of independent makers through a variety of initiatives including holding exhibitions at leading galleries all over the country to highlight the glory of contemporary glass.

As part of its 25th anniversary celebrations, CGS is delighted to be collaborating with the New Ashgate Gallery to present “Joyful Reflections”, an exhibition featuring 15 exceptional makers working in a variety of diverse glass techniques.  These include blown, cast, fused, engraved and stained-glass techniques through a collective of sculptural and decorative work.  The selected makers are: Teresa Chlapowski, Hannah Gibson, Jianyong Guo, Laura Hart, Julie Light, Roberta Mason, Wendy Newhofer, Lisa Pettibone, Laura Quinn, Morag Reekie, Amy Skachill Burke, Nancy Sutcliffe, Cara Wassenberg, Frans Wesselman and Sandra Young.

CGS members were invited to step back from the sadness of the pandemic and to embrace the joy of life as we know it now.  Artists were asked to reflect upon the glorious and mysterious properties of glass – its transparency, its uniqueness, the variety of techniques it offers, its ability to reflect back at us – and to express joyful reflections on life and glass.

“This is CGS’s first collaborative exhibition with the New Ashgate Museum.  We are excited by this wonderful opportunity for our members to show a range of work featuring vibrant colours and transparent forms reflecting upon the joyful moments we have come to appreciate in everyday life. Glass is an amazing material to work with and this is a glorious chance to raise its profile with the general public within the setting of this outstanding gallery.” 

Susan Purser Hope
Chair, the Contemporary Glass Society

“We are delighted to be collaborating with the Contemporary Glass Society to present an exhibition featuring 15 exceptional makers working in a variety of diverse glass techniques.  The exhibition will highlight the luminous, reflective, and often illusional qualities of glass, and will celebrate its unique ability to express fragility, rigidity, pattern and form.

We are excited to see how the makers will test the parameters of the material through their refined craft skills to create a variety of sculptural and decorative work.”

Nicola Lightfoot
Curator of Glass, New Ashgate Gallery